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Namibia South Africa Tour

Namibia South Africa Self Drive tour 24 days start from £3795 per person including scheduled flights and sharing a double room.

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Namibia

With its well-developed infrastructure, some of the best tourist facilities in Africa and an impressive list of breathtaking natural wonders, touring Namibia is truly a pleasure. Visit the capital of Windhoek and the lovely coastal town of Swakopmund to discover remnants of the country’s German influence, reflected in the architecture, culture, cuisine and the annual Oktoberfest celebrations. To properly appreciate this extraordinary country you will have to venture out of the cities to explore the remarkable natural landscapes that Namibia has to offer.

These include – the impressive Fish River Canyon Park, the vast Etosha National Park teeming with local subspecies, such as desert lions, desert elephants and the Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra, the hauntingly beautiful Kalahari Desert and of course the Namib Desert stretching for nearly 1000 km along the magnificent Atlantic coastline. Namibia is an ideal destination for travellers seeking an unforgettable African experience in a uniquely beautiful untamed wilderness.

Windhoek

Windhoek is Namibia’s capital, home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a visit, including the Alte Feste (Old Fort), the 1896 Christuskirche (Christ Church), and the more contemporary Supreme Court.

 

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Day 1:    Travel to Namibia via South Africa. At Windhoek airport you will be met in the arrivals hall for a briefing on your itinerary before collecting your car. After driving through Windhoek you will arrive at The Elegant Guesthouse.

Day 2:     The Elegant Guesthouse, Windhoek
Bed and Breakfast included.

Situated in the up-market residential area of Klein Windhoek, on the corner of “von Eckenbrecher – Ziegler Street” and 5 minutes walk to Joe’s Beerhouse (Africa’s most famous Pub/Restaurant), this modern, up-market guesthouse consists of 6 luxurious en-suite double rooms. Guests can enjoy the contemporary flair and stylish surroundings of The Elegant Guesthouse.

Kalahari Desert, Namibia

The Kalahari is an exceptionally beautiful living desert a large semi-arid sandy savannah draped over a gently rolling inland sea of sand covering most of Botswana and large parts of Namibia and South Africa.  It is also the last bastion of the San people with the modern world having enveloped all the other areas they once roamed.
Here in Namibia it is typically red sands covered in thin, wispy, mostly golden grass and dotted with acacia trees and wide ranging wildlife including gemsbok, impala, jackals and cheetah.

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Day 3:    Zebra Kalahari Lodge & Spa

Dinner, bed and breakfast are included.

After breakfast, depart from Windhoek and drive via Rehoboth, the centre of Namibia’s Baster community into the red dunes of the Kalahari Desert to the Intu Africa Reserve and the Zebra Lodge.

Zebra Lodge is situated in The Intu Afrika Kalahari Private Game Reserve, a 10,000ha wildlife sanctuary, located in the Namibia’s south-western region of the Kalahari. Set along the upper reaches of the Auob river system, the open, grassy plains are surrounded by acacia woodlands and the red sand dunes of the Kalahari Desert.  The expanse of the reserve is characterized by parallel red dunes, sparsely covered by unique vegetation. Grassy plains, peppered with centuries old camelthorn trees commonly known as “dune streets” or valleys, separate the dunes, providing refuge for diverse animal and bird life indigenous to the Kalahari.

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Simply stylish and elegant, the Zebra Kalahari Lodge is the most decadent of the 3 lodges on the Intu Afrika Private Game Reserve. After a short drive through the contrasting Kalahari Desert where game languish under trees or in pans, guests are welcomed with a much-needed refreshing drink and a smile as warm as the desert sun. The gurgling fish pond and the beautiful stone and wood buildings immediately soothe one’s soul and guests are ushered into the coolness of the lounge area overlooking a rather vibrant waterhole and swimming pool whilst logistics are efficiently handled.

Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib.  The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red sand dunes to make this one of the natural wonders of Africa and a photographers heaven.
Aside from the attractions at Sossusvlei – Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei – other attractions in the area include the Sesriem Canyon and Namib-Naukluft National Park, where the mountains of the Namib meet its plains.

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Day 4-5:                Desert Quiver Camp, Sossusvlei

Dinner, bed and breakfast are included with meals taken at the adjacent Sossusvlei Lodge

Further south the routing takes you via Maltahöhe into the low plains of the Namib Desert to the Sossusvlei area, stop for lunch along the way.  Sossusvlei Lodge is situated at the main entrance to the dunes and ideally located for early morning excursions in the area.

Desert Quiver Camp uniquely combines modern self-catering accommodation with comfort and style. Conveniently located a mere 5km from the entrance gate to Sossusvlei, the inspiring scenery characterised by granite outcrops, spectacular views and roaming wildlife will captivate your senses.

On day 5, head out for an early morning visit to Sossusvlei itself, a clay pan surrounded by some of the highest sand dunes in the world which is filled only with water in years when exceptionally good rainfall is received. Return to the lodge for lunch.  In the afternoon visit the Sesriem Canyon. It is said that the canyon got its name during the time of the ox wagon, when a person had to use six harness straps to haul water from the bottom of the canyon.

Swakopmund was founded in 1892 and served as the main harbour for German South West Africa. Now a seaside resort, Swakopmund is at the heart of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. This quaint desert town with its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere hedged by desert and sea, is enhanced by lush green lawns
and palm trees.  The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, colonial-era buildings and the cool sea breeze make it a very popular place to visit.

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Day 6-7:                The Stilz Hotel, Swakopmund

Bed and breakfast is included.

The route takes you north via the Kuiseb Canyon to Swakopmund. Highlights en route include a drive to the “Moon Landscape” and the ancient desert plant, “Welwitschia mirabilis”. Stop for a picnic lunch en-route. This quaint desert town with its old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere hedged by desert and sea, is enhanced by lush green lawns and palm trees.  In the evening enjoy some dinner at The Tug pub/restaurant.

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The new Stilz Hotel is unique in every aspect. It offers the most spectacular views in Swakopmund overlooking either the Atlantic Ocean, the river-bed or the sand dunes and the bird rich lagoon at the river mouth. If that does not take your breath away, the architecture of these wooden bungalows built on stilts will. Each private bungalow has been attended to in the finest detail, interlinked by wooden walkways to the others and to the main dining bungalow. You will feel in a different space, yet you are only minutes away from the charming town centre with plentiful restaurants, loads of activities and all the amenities you could wish for… That is if you really feel like leaving your bungalow!

Recommended – The Tug Pub and Restaurant

The Tug Restaurant is popular amongst both tourists and locals in Namibia and has a reputation for providing delicious meals in a setting which creates and unforgettable ambience. Seating is available both indoors and outdoors on the terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the historic Swakopmund Jetty.

On day 7, take a drive to Walvis Bay for a boat cruise on the Walvis Bay Lagoon. The cruise departs Walvis Bay Yacht club at 09h00 and takes you through the harbour to Bird Island. You then cut across the lagoon to the moored Russian trawlers where inquisitive seals will swim up to the boats looking for something to eat. From there the cruise heads to Pelican Point where entertainment is provided by a large seal colony and pods of Heavyside and Bottlenose Dolphins swimming alongside the boats. For bird lovers, apart from seeing flamingoes, cormorants and pelicans, there are common sightings of the White Chinned Petrel, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Black Oystercatcher and even the Jackass Penguin. To round off the trip you will be spoilt with fresh Walvis Bay oysters, snacks and cold sparkling wine served on board the boat. The afternoon is at leisure to relax at the guesthouse or explore the town. In the evening, take dinner at The Wreck restaurant.

Damaraland

Huge, untamed and ruggedly beautiful Damaraland is an exceptionally scenic landscape of open plains and spectacular rock formations. The major attractions are Spitzkoppe, the Brandberg, Twyfelfontein, Vingerklip and the Petrified Forest.

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Day 8:    Camp Kipwe, Damaraland

Full board is included

Departure from Swakopmund along the Atlantic Coast towards the North. Visit the lichen fields near Wlotzka’s Baken before continuing to Henties Bay, a small holiday resort.  From here, head inland into Damaraland, your route taking you via the mining village of Uis. Stop for lunch along the way.  Experience the harsh transition from the Namib Desert to the Damaraland highlands with its impressive landscape and ragged valleys.

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Camp Kipwe is an intimate and remote bush lodge located in Namibia’s arid yet starkly beautiful Twyfelfontein region, home to many ancient Bushman etchings. The 9 specially-designed rooms are unique and private, with an outdoor bathroom, thatched roofs and spectacular views over the surrounding area. A luxury thatched suite with a lounge equipped with air-conditioning, a satellite television, a double room with en-suite bathroom, laundry service and a mini-bar. Special offers available for longer stays!
Camp Kipwe offers guided nature walks around the Twyfelfontein Conservancy, as well as trips to see the Bushman etchings, the mysterious Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain. For a very special experience, an Elephant Nature Drive is a must-do; explore the terrain in search of these elusive desert-dwelling elephants who have adapted to the dry and sandy conditions of northern Namibia.

The next morning, visit Twyfelfontein, which means “doubtful fountain” and resembles a large, open-air art gallery. This treasure house of rock engravings left by stone-age artists is regarded as one of the richest collections of rock engravings in Africa. South of Twyfelfontein is the Burnt Mountain, a panorama of desolation with coloured rocks contrasting vividly against the grey-black surroundings. The Organ Pipes, a mass of basalt slabs in a ravine gouged out by a river, is another geological curiosity in the area.

After lunch back at the lodge, head out with the lodge on an elephant / nature drive that takes you into the dry riverbeds of the area to search for the elusive desert adapted elephant (optional extra pay locally).

Ongava Private Game Reserve

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Ongava is one of the largest and most exclusive games reserves in the southern part of Etosha National Park. It offers an authentic and comprehensive safari experience, including nature walks and game drives, as well as luxurious accommodation. The reserve is home to – among others – lion, eland, black-faced impala, Hartmann’s mountain zebra and a variety of other antelope species. It is also one of the few private reserves in South Africa where both black and white rhino can be observed. Birdlife is plentiful at the reserve, with over 340 species recorded in the area.

Day 10-12:           Andersson’s Camp, Ongava Private Game Reserve

Dinner, bed and breakfast are included

Today travel on through central Namibia via the tarred road to the Etosha National Park. Your route takes you via Kamanjab, where you can visit the Otjikandero Himba Village to learn more about this nomadic people and their traditions & cultures.

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Arrive at the Andersson Camp, situated on the private Ongava Game Reserve adjacent to the Etosha National Park.

Surrounded by scrub-covered plains on white calcrete soils, Andersson’s Camp is situated close to Etosha National Park and takes its name from that of the famed Swedish explorer. An erstwhile farmstead has been tastefully rebuilt and now forms the main area fronting onto a waterhole. From here 20 tented guest units radiate outwards with distant views of the low range of Ondundozonanandana Mountains. The tents are a clever mix of stone cladding, canvas and wood all with en-suite bathrooms and elevated on wooden decks.

Andersson’s Camp’s close proximity to Etosha is ideal for full-day self-drives into the Park which take in the plethora of game found here. Etosha National Park is Namibia’s premier wildlife destination and at almost the size of Switzerland it is certainly one of Africa’s largest game parks. Large herds of plains game concentrate around the waterholes in the dry season, whilst the summer months’ sporadic rainfall produces a profusion of new life – pronking baby springbok and comical young wildebeest herald the onset of summer. Birdlife in this area is prolific with over 340 species already recorded, amongst them 10 of Namibia’s 14 endemic bird species. Game drives on the Ongava Reserve (2) and Etosha National Park (1) are included.

Activities include morning and/or afternoon game drives in Etosha National Park, and morning and afternoon/evening drives (on request) and nature walks on Ongava Reserve. The sunken hide at the waterhole in front of camp is an excellent place from which to watch wildlife coming down to drink.

Okonjima Nature Reserve

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Halfway between Windhoek and Etosha lies the well-known Okonjima Nature Reserve. The 22,000 ha Nature Reserve is surrounded by 96 km of fencing and was finally completed in 2010. Okonjima is home to AFRICAT, a Carnivore Conservation, which gives the captive carnivores a second chance – they can be released back into the wild but will have time to adapt and to become completely independent hunters – in a protected area right in the middle of commercial farmland! Also in the Reserve is a 2000 ha ‘safe’ zone around Plains Camp, Bush Camp, Bush Suite, the Omboroko Campsite as well as the PAWS Environmental Education Centre.

Day 12-13: Okonjima Plains Camp, Okonjima Nature Reserve

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Depart the Etosha area and head south via Otjiwarongo to the Okonjima Lodge, not only is Okonjima a luxury lodge but it is also home of the Africat Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and protection of Namibian wild cats, in particular leopard and cheetah. A visit to Okonjima will give you an opportunity to witness some of AfriCat’s work.

There are 14 Standard Rooms and 10 exclusive and spacious View Rooms but all have a view across the Okonjima grass plains.

The Okonjima activities include tracking rehabilitated carnivores on foot, visiting the AfriCat Carnivore Care and Information Centre and tracking leopards from a game–viewing vehicle. Okonjima also offers a guided Bushman Trail and Birding and Game drives are offered on request if guests stay longer than 2 days.

Day 14:           Return to Windhoek to overnight before your early morning flight

The Elegant Guesthouse

Dinner bed and breakfast are included

South Africa

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This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands. Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

Day 15:                 Rothman Manor, Swellendam

Bed and breakfast are included.

After your arrival into South Africa, clear immigration and collect your hire car before driving to Swellendam.

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Nestled below the Langeberg Mountains, Swellendam is South Africa’s third oldest town. The town is well-known for its many beautifully restored buildings, including the Dutch Reformed Church and Drosty Museum complex. Swellendam’s central location in the Overberg makes it a good starting point to travel around this area.

Rothman Manor, built in 1834, offers exclusive boutique accommodation in Swellendam, the third oldest settlement in South Africa.  Enjoy one of the six elegant rooms with superb European style comforts combined with a unique African décor. Have a swim in the large pool or take a leisurely stroll in a park like garden. Watch the bird life around the large lily pond and observe Zebras and Springboks in the hotel’s small Eco-Reserve while enjoying the Jacuzzi.

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The Portuguese explorers called it the Beautiful Bay, and it’s easy to see why – Plettenberg Bay is a picturesque, charming  town with miles of pristine beaches, tranquil lagoons, clean rivers, indigenous forests and a dramatic rocky peninsula. Playground to the wealthy, beach mansions overlook the Indian Ocean, often dotted with luxury yachts, while leisure time is given over to polo and golf, among other things. However, all kinds of visitors will feel at peace here as simply swimming in the warm water on a safe beach is a great way to experience the beauty of Plettenberg Bay.

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Day 16-19:           The Robberg Beach Lodge, Plettenberg Bay

Bed and Breakfast are included.

After a leisurely breakfast, make your way to Plettenberg Bay.  Robberg House offers guests all the luxuries of penthouse living, just a stone’s throw from the beach. Enjoy sun-downers on the rooftop deck of Robberg House, with panoramic views of the ocean and Robberg Nature Reserve.

Robberg House offers a fresh modern luxury accommodation, with 5 luxury Rooms, 4 Luxury Suites and 1 Luxury View suite in Plettenberg Bay located in the Garden Route of South Africa.

Guests are served a full Continental and a full English breakfast in the dining room and the veranda next to the pool of the Beachy Head Villa.

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Recommendations

Birds of Eden: Under a two-hectare dome, the world’s largest aviary, Birds of Eden, is a safe and natural free-flight environment for African birds and a selection of smaller animals. An indigenous forest and a mysterious ruin with walk-behind waterfall provide these graceful creatures and their visitors with amusement.

Monkey Land: The world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate shelter, Monkeyland makes for a great family outing and plays an important role in raising awareness about the plight and rehabilitation of endangered primate species.

Featherbed Nature Reserve: Featherbed is a privately-owned, registered Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage Site, No.59. It is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Head of Knysna and is accessible by ferry only. In order to protect the splendour of the natural beauty, access to the Reserve is controlled. Numbers are limited and visits are only permitted in the company of the Reserve’s specialist guides.

This 4-hour excursion departs daily and reservations are essential. It is a wonderful outing for all ages and fitness levels. Good walking shoes are recommended and remember to bring your camera, hats, and sunblock in summer and a warm jacket for the ferry trip in winter.  The nature reserve offers Knysna adventure activities not to be missed. A perfect outdoor family holiday activity to be enjoyed by both young and old.

Knysna Heads: ‘Knysna’ is a Khoi word but its exact meaning is uncertain. One possibility is ‘straight down’, which is an obvious reference to the Knysna Heads. This striking geological feature is famous along the entire southern African coastline. The Knysna lagoon opens to the ocean after passing between these two large, statuesque headlands. The Heads have become infamous due to the numerous wrecks that have resulted from boats trying to pass through the treacherous and unpredictable waters between them.

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Tsitsikamma National Park: Much of the indigenous forest in this eastern part of the Garden Route falls within the Tsitsikamma National Park. The park is not only a breathtaking haven for indigenous flora and fauna but also for marine life. A marine conservation belt forms part of the park, stretching five and a half kilometres out into the ocean.

Tsitsikamma Big Tree: Out of all the beautiful yellowwood trees that flourish in the Tsitsikamma Forest, there is one that has special status. Known as the Big Tree, this towering specimen is 36,6 metres tall and takes eight adults holding hands to circle it fully. The tree is between 600 and 800 years old, but it once had sisters that were over a thousand years old before they were destroyed.

Storms River Mouth: The mouth of the Storms River is surrounded by national parks and accommodation, and offers plenty of fun activities.  This is where the Otter Trail and Dolphin Trail start as well as numerous smaller hikes. Other activities include crossing the mouth via a suspension bridge, dining at the restaurant overlooking this beautiful site, and swimming and snorkelling in the sea.

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The seaside resort town of Wilderness is renowned for its vast stretches of beach and its tranquil beauty. Wilderness not only overlooks the beautiful Indian Ocean, but also the placid waters of a lagoon system. As you might expect from a town surrounded by nature reserves, rivers and lakes, Wilderness is a popular water sports, hiking and birding destination.

Day 19:                 The Dune Guest Lodge, Wilderness

Bed and breakfast are included

Make your way along the coast to Wilderness and stay overnight before continuing on to vibrant Cape Town.

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Located on Wilderness Beach, with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean, the Dune Guest Lodge is an ideal place for you to unwind and relax and experience the Garden Route.

The lodge is a refreshingly informal beach house, with direct access to the endless Wilderness Beach. Whales and dolphins can be viewed directly from your private sundeck, or from the timber deck at the poolside where the private swimming pool sparkles invitingly in the warm sunshine.

Resting at the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, sandwiched between the slopes of the iconic Table Mountain and the glistening sapphire waters of Table Bay, the exceptionally scenic city of Cape Town is in a class of its own. Some cities boast rich culture, vibrant nightlife, a cosmopolitan atmosphere and extraordinary architecture, while others boast breathtaking landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders. Cape Town, is lucky enough to be blessed with all of these attractions and so much more. With its bustling harbour, world-class beaches, top-notch vineyards, and its mountainous surroundings brimming with diverse flora and fauna, Cape Town consistently captivates the hearts of all who visit. As soon as the mist clears over Table Mountain, be sure to make the ascent for some stunning views.

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Day 20-22:           Waterfont Village, Cape Town

This is a self-catering property

Against the dramatic backdrop of Table Mountain, the world famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is South Africa’s most popular tourist attraction. Over 80 properties have been immaculately prepared according to detailed guest specifications. All apartments are individually decorated for convenience and comfort. Apartments range in size from 65 m² studios, to luxurious 350 m² penthouses. Situated in the heart of the Waterfront basin, close to the city centre and the Cape Town Convention Centre. Attractions include the Victoria Wharf shopping centre, daily trips to Robben Island and the Two Oceans Aquarium.

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Recommendations

V&A Waterfront: Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, the V&A Waterfront has become South Africa’s most visited destination. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments. The Waterfront is the heart of the tourist industry in Cape Town.

Cape Point Nature Reserve: Cape Point lies at the south-western tip of Africa and offers great views, a restaurant and a funicular which takes you up to the old lighthouse.  The spectacular scenery coupled with zebras, baboons, deserted beaches and plenty of fynbos to make this one of the Cape’s must see destinations.

Boulders Penguin Colony: The Boulders Visitor Centre is home to the famous colony of Jackass Penguins, so called for their hilarious braying call. This is a truly special experience and Table Mountain National Park staff are knowledgeable and offer guided tours. After you have fallen in love with the penguins head to the secluded Boulders Beach and take a swim in the comparatively warm waters of the False Bay.

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Robben Island: An icon of struggle, freedom and hope made famous by Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment here.  The notorious prison on the island seven kilometres off the coast is where Africa’s political prisoners were kept during the colonial and Apartheid years

Camps Bay Beach: Camps Bay Beach attracts a hip, trendy crowd on summer days. One of the Atlantic Seaboard beaches, the water is chilly but the soft sand and buzzing atmosphere makes up for it. The Camps Bay strip, before the beach, is lined by palm trees and glitzy restaurants and bars. This beach and beauty mecca beckons the rich and famous and provides visitors with interesting people-watching opportunities.

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Clifton Beach: A series of four idyllic beaches separated by massive granite boulders. Clifton is protected from the wind by the mountains and is the best place to be when the Cape’s notorious South Easter is blowing.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens: On the lower slopes of Table Mountain, the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens showcases some of the Cape’s rich flora. Taking centre stage here is the unique ‘fynbos’ vegetation. Those who work up an appetite while exploring this garden paradise can visit the restaurant or tea room, which are fully stocked with delicious meals, yummy treats and refreshing beverages. In summer, Sunday music concerts provide sunset entertainment. Kirstenbosch is rated as the seventh best of its kind in the world.

Franschhoek: Idyllically situated in the Cape Winelands, this peaceful country retreat is one of the oldest towns in South Africa. The once sleepy little village was named Franschhoek, meaning “French Corner” as it was founded by French Huguenots who fled Europe and were seeking a secluded hide-out. They found it in the fertile valley of Franschhoek and this heritage is showcased at the fascinating Huguenot Memorial Museum. The Cape Dutch architecture in much of the village remains remarkably well preserved as restrictions have been placed on the extent of renovations and new construction in order to preserve the spirit of the original settlers. The town’s proximity to Cape Town allows for pleasant day trips during which visitors can explore the area’s many world-class wine estates and impressive range of excellent restaurants or simply browse the quaint, upmarket boutiques strewn along the town’s lovely tree-lined avenues.

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A blend of historical architecture, student life, epicurean delights and oak-lined avenues, Stellenbosch is a picturesque university town surrounded by mountains and vineyards. A walking tour of the town centre allows visitors to take in its beautifully preserved Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture, as well as the many enticing art galleries, craft shops, clothing boutiques and gift stores, while foodies may prefer indulging in mouth-watering cuisine and fine wines  at one of the chic restaurants or buzzing bistros. Stellenbosch is also the ideal base from which to explore the renowned local wine route, boasting a high proportion of the country’s leading wine estates.

Day 22:                 Oude Werf Hotel, Stellenbosch

Bed and breakfast are included.

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Established in 1802, Oude Werf is South Africa’s oldest and most historic hotel and has defined hospitality and fine dining for centuries. Our guests enjoy the wonders of the Cape Winelands from the repose of our luxurious accommodation, situated in the historical core of the university town of Stellenbosch, only 50km from Cape Town, 25km from the sea and surrounded by beautiful mountains. Stellenbosch is famous as the premier wine region of South Africa.

Located on vibrant Church Street, Oude Werf retains the graceful ambience of Georgian style throughout. Soft hues and antique furniture have been tastefully aligned with the comforts of modern living to create a calm haven from which to base your exploration of Stellenbosch.

The hotel’s landmark 1802 Restaurant – now a beautifully redesigned ‘modern-meets-vintage’ bistro, with vine- covered courtyard and indoor fireside – is called “Liefde” (“Love”, in Afrikaans). It serves homey, Cape classics, made with love…and a contemporary gourmet twist from chef, Albert van der Loo, matched with vintages from this world-famous wine region.

Sit back and sip sundowners in the tranquility of a lovely verdant garden, or bask in the sun besides the pool. For those who feel a bit more energetic, there are signature golf courses in close proximity to the town, guided historical village walks, wine tours and a variety of other activities that can be arranged from the hotel. A myriad shops, museums, art galleries and beautiful examples of Cape Dutch architecture are within easy walking distance of the hotel.

Day 23:                 Departure for the UK

Return your hire car to Cape Town airport and bid farewell to South Africa before taking the internal flight to Johannesberg and connecting on to your flight back to London Heathrow.

Day24:                  Arrival into London Heathrow

Contact our expert staff for more information about Namibia and Botswana holidays or holidays to Namibia or holidays to Botswana on 01444 225640 or e-mail us at info@visionsofafrica.co.uk