Departing from Cape Town, we head off to the West Coast where we become acquainted over lunch at a fabulous restaurant on the lagoon. We then visit an antique wine shop and spend the first night at a picturesque campsite in the Cederberg Mountains where we can relax in the swimming pool, warm baths or jacuzzis.
Today we drive alongside the Olifants River and through the Citrus Valley, into the town of Springbok and over the Namibian border. A short way over the border, we arrive at the breath-taking sight of the great Fish River Canyon, the second biggest canyon in the world. You can take a hike into the gorge or just enjoy the sunset with a few cold beers or a glass of wine whilst we begin the potjiekos, a traditional African casserole dish slowly simmered over the fire in a black iron pot.
After breakfast we drive across Southern Namibia towards the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Game Park (Kalahari Gemsbok). That evening we set up camp at a bush campsite amongst the astonishing red dunes of the Kalahari Desert. You will feel far removed from civilisation as we sit around the campfire and enjoy a barbeque. We are now surrounded by wildlife so stay close to the fire!
We spend a large part of the day game viewing, you will be sure to shoot off a few rolls of film.
That evening entails a night game drive, a slide show and a delicious meal at the restaurant at Twee Rivieren campsite (The name means "Two Rivers" since it is nestled between two river beds; the Nossob and the Auob.)
An early rise allows us time to visit the Sun Bushmen, who sell curios next to the road to Askham. After brunch at Spitzkop (an abnormal igneous outcrop providing an endless view of the surrounding private game reserve), we head off to the biggest wine cellar of the region, where we take full advantage of their generous wine tasting facilities. After another wine farm visit we hit the city of Upington (situated in the Orange River Valley) for a well-deserved night out.
We visit the Augrabies Falls Nature Reserve where the mighty Orange River thunders its way down into the ravine below. If you're feeling adventurous, activities such as river rafting (Grade 3 & 4), hiking and horse riding can be arranged. Alternatively the Reserve is a great place just to relax. Sundowners are welcomed as we perch ourselves on giant igneous boulders above the Falls and marvel at the sinking African sun.
You have the option to take a walk in the surrounding game park and climb Moon Rock, which provides a panoramic view of the area, or the braver souls can try the "Augrabies Rush" which incorporates rafting, abseiling and mountain biking. Have a quick swim before we tackle Rocky road. which takes us to a saltpan called Verneukpan ("Cheating Pan") where Sir Malcolm Campbell attempted to break the land speed record in 1929. The pan is well known for its vast and striking mirages. A traditional barbeque (braai) is enjoyed at a local pub and the night is spent camping on the pan under the great starlit African sky.
The Atlantic Ocean is not an optical illusion on the horizon! Welcome to the Astonishingly, beautiful, unspoilt West Coast. We spend time on the beach before we visit Bird Island for sundowners. Tonight we have our infamous farewell dinner where you will send your taste buds on their own African Adventure. As a treat, we spend the last night in a luxurious guesthouse in Saldanha Bay.
Drop off in Cape Town after breakfast in the West Coast National Park.