Namaqualand and West Coast

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Namaqualand and West Coast

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Length of trip:

8 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 2000 to $ 3000

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.


Detailed Description of this trip:

A short tour of predominantly Namaqualand which includes parts of the West Coast and Cape Town. The tour is specially planned as an introduction to the amazing world of Namaqualand and the West Coast. This amazing world is home to about 4000 species of wild flowers, 500 species of bulbs and more than 100 species of birds. It includes marshlands where more than 1 million birds nest; the Cederberg Mountains with the world famous Rooibos tea and Heuningbos tea and the Diamond coast with it's shipwrecks and alluvial diamonds.


Trip Properties:


Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Cape Town

    Sightseeing

    Guests will be met at Cape Town Airport. We then proceed to the Victorian & Alfred Waterfront with its shopping malls, sea cruises, restaurants, pubs, semi precious stone factory, Aquarium, Craft Center, Theatre and helicopter flips around the Peninsular. This is a 30-minute drive and includes lunch after exploring the Waterfront.

    Sightseeing

    Travel via the N7-route to De Brug, where you check into our own guest farm. This is the main route from Cape Town northwards into Africa and is a lovely drive through the heartland of South Africa's wheat production areas and through the Cederberg Mountains with its beautiful citrus farms.

    Sightseeing

    De Brug - our guest farm, lies on the banks of the Doring River. The scenery is breath taking with the magnificent Nardouws Mountains commanding the view. The total distance of 320 km is covered in a leisurely drive of about 4 hours for us to arrive just before sunset.

  • Day 2 - South Africa

    Sightseeing

    Depart for Clanwilliam in the heartland of the world famous Rooibos tea farms. We follow Route R362 which was the old main route from Cape Town to Windhoek in Namibia. This road takes us pass the beautiful Bulshoek dam that was build in 1928 using only natural sandstone.

    Sightseeing

    We visit the Rooibos tea factory, with a stop-off for lunch in the town. Alternatively, in season, we visit Ramskop Natural Park to enjoy the amazing wild flowers. We continue to drive over the Cederberg Mountains into the Bidouw valley with it's magnificent view of the Tankwa Karoo. Take a short walk to view San Rock Paintings along the way.

    Hotel

    Return to De Brug Guest Farm in time for supper and an overnight stay. The total distance is 180 km but we use the whole day to cover it, travelling mostly on dirt roads.

  • Day 3 - South Africa

    Wine

    Depart for Trawal Winery. This little winery is quickly becoming the showcase of South African red wine production and has won many an award. We then travel via dirt road to the Heerenlogement Mountain and take a short walk to visit the Cave with handwritings of many famous explorers. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way.

    Sightseeing

    We then proceed to Lambertsbaai with it's famous Bird Island with thousands of birds. Spend the afternoon visiting the quaint little fishing town and walking on a breakwater to Bird Island. Depart for Muisbosskerm, the most famous open-air restaurant in Africa for a dinner that you will never forget. This "culinary delight" is situated right on the beachfront and is constructed of branches and twigs of the surrounding veld.

    Hotel

    Return to overnight at De Brug guest farm. The distance covered is about 220 km, of which the first part is undertaken in a leisurely way on dirt roads. The last section back to De Brug is along the main road.

  • Day 4 - South Africa

    Wine

    Check out and pack the vehicles for our expedition into Namaqualand. Depart for Vredendal Winery which is the biggest Winery in the Southern Hemisphere. Lunch is taken in town.

    Private Car Service

    We proceed towards the "Sperrgebied" - the diamond area that was prohibited to enter for many years. We travel via 4x4 tracks to "Groenriviermond-se-mond". This small settlement is unique in its lonely setting in the midst of the "Sperrgebied" and is quite isolated.

    Bed & Breakfast

    Overnight in a cottage where we prepare our own dinner safari-style. The total distance of 150 km is covered in about a 4-hour drive.

  • Day 5 - South Africa

    Private Car Service

    Depart for the town of Kleinsee, a diamond-mining town.

    Adventure

    We follow dirt roads and 4x4 tracks through this wilderness area. If the weather permits, do some fishing or even scuba diving and if our luck prevails, cook our own fish or crayfish.

    Hotel

    After lunch, proceed to a guesthouse in a leisurely drive. The total distance of 250 km can be covered easily in 3 hours. However, the whole day is taken up exploring and enjoying nature.

  • Day 6 - South Africa

    Sightseeing

    We leave most or our belongings at he guesthouse and join an organized tour of the diamond mining operations at the town of Kleinsee. The mine belongs to De Beers - the biggest name in the diamond industry. We get on board a massive "dragline" that scoops thousands of tons of gravel daily. After our picnic style lunch, we explore some of the many shipwrecks on the desolated "diamond coast".

    Food and Dining

    We return for a full "Namaqualand" supper to the guesthouse.

  • Day 7 - South Africa

    Sightseeing

    This day we truly enter the wild side of Africa. We travel through a part of the Namib biosphere which is dry, hot, isolated, mountainous and undeveloped. Have lunch in the town of Springbok and afterwards depart to De Brug. In season (June - beginning Oct), we view flowers. Namaqualand is also called: "The Garden of the Gods" - The flowers is so diverse and amazing, covering both land and mountains.

    Sightseeing

    Out of the flower season, we visit the town of Vanrhynsdorp which has the biggest succulent nursery in the world.

    Food and Dining

    After returning to De Brug, enjoy a substantial dinner. The total distance is about 400 km with the whole day taken up exploring this region.

  • Day 8 - Cape Town

    Beach

    Depart for Cape Town and en route, stop off to visit the quaint little settlement of Paternoster. Here, on this beautiful beach, a sailing ship belonging to the shipping line of Karl Stephan of Hamburg in Germany got stranded many years ago and thus the place was named.

    Food and Dining

    Today it has one of the most amazing little eateries where we enjoy a last feast together at the "Voorstrand" restaurant.

    Private Car Service

    The total driving time of the 350 km should not take more than 4 hours, allowing plenty of time to appreciate and bid farewell to the West Coast. Arrive in Cape Town approximately 18:00.

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