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Namibia & the Skeleton Coast: Africa's Last Wilderness 2014

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Itinerary : Windhoek Etosha National Park

Trip Extensions

Post-trip: Cape Town & The Cape of Good Hope

After you travel in Nambia, continue your explorations in Africa. With Table Mountain as its backdrop, a bevy of bays at its feet, and the lushest foliage this side of paradise, Cape Town arguably occupies one of the most spectacular natural settings on Earth. Here is your chance to revel in it—and to witness the amazing social transformation of the “Rainbow Nation.”

It's Included:
Airfare from Windhoek to Cape Town
Accommodations for 4 nights in Cape Town
6 meals—4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 Home-Hosted Dinner
3 small group activities
Services of an OAT local guide
All transfers
Porterage for 1 bag per traveler
  • Your Namibia & the Skeleton Coast: Africa's Last Wilderness adventure draws to a close today. After our morning flight to Windhoek, we'll have a layover before our flight to Cape Town, South Africa. (Departure times will vary depending on the local airline schedules.)

    We are met at the airport in Cape Town and transferred to our hotel, located within close proximity to the world-renowned Table Mountain. Enjoy dinner on your own in cosmopolitan Cape Town.

  • After an early breakfast, we depart for our tour of Cape Town’s many points of interest. Depending on wind conditions, we will travel by cable car up the face of Table Mountain, one of Cape Town’s most dramatic natural landmarks. From the top, you have mesmerizing views of the Atlantic Ocean, the bays, the city below, and the stunning peninsula that meanders south to the Cape of Good Hope. Some 1,400 species of wild flowering plants grow on and around Table Mountain, which is also home of the unusual rock hyrax (often called Dassies), rodent-like creatures whose closest living relative is the elephant! Perhaps you’ll see some during your optional walk around the mountaintop. Next, we’ll visit the National Botanical Gardens of Kirstenbosch.

    After lunch on your own, you have time to independently explore this lively and cosmopolitan city at your own pace. Or join us for an optional half-day Townships Tour, which takes us to the nearby townships of Langa, Guguletu, and Bonteheuwel. Meet the people who live here, and learn about their rich and fascinating culture from a resident.

    This evening, enjoy a memorable dinner at the home of a local resident. It’s a unique opportunity for you to discover what everyday life is like here today and how it has changed since apartheid ended in 1994.

  • Departing after breakfast, we head along the coast, with majestic Table Mountain rising in the distance. We continue further onto the Cape Peninsula itself, along the spectacular coast road, the Atlantic Ocean's crashing surf endlessly splashing the rocks below. Soon we reach the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, with its wild fynbos landscapes, beautiful flowers, elusive bontebok, baboons, and ocean views.

    Contrary to popular belief, the Cape Peninsula is not consistently where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. Because of shifting currents, that distinction is shared with lesser-known Cape Agulhas, 100 to 200 miles east of the Cape Peninsula. Nevertheless, when you get to the tip of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, you'll see Cape Point, the technical "Cape of Good Hope." Rapidly changing climactic conditions and the Indian Ocean currents coming from Cape Agulhas make this a particularly dangerous spot for ships. Your guide will tell you that more "sightings" of the legendary ghost ship, the Flying Dutchman, are reported here than anywhere else in the world. Who knows what you'll spy on the distant horizons as you gaze from the Cape Point viewing platform? We explore some of the fascinating vegetation and more remote corners of this nature reserve. We stop for an included lunch at a well-known local seafood restaurant.

    On our return trip to Cape Town, we stop along the False Bay coastline for a chance to see the penguins at Boulders Beach. Passing Simon's Town and Fish Hoek, we arrive back in town in the early evening. This evening, dinner is on your own.

  • Today you are at leisure to explore Cape Town on your own. Or, join us for the Stellenbosch Vinyards tour. The optional full-day tour visits the heart of South Africa’s beautiful wine country and the historic area around the town of Stellenbosch. After stopping for lunch on our own, we visit various wine estates, tasting and sampling their delicious offerings. The scenery includes rolling hills, graceful farms, and dramatic mountain vistas. This area is also the heart of Cape Dutch culture, and you will see fine examples of traditional architecture while learning about the history of early settlement here.

    Dinner is on your own tonight.

    • Meals included:

    This morning, simply relax and prepare for your flights home. This afternoon, you'll transfer to the Cape Town airport for your connecting overnight flight to the U.S. which will arrive the following day.