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This 10-day tour covers the vast sweep of the Kalahari, with its superb desert and semi-desert scenery and magnificent dry climate. It is designed for those who like to savour moments of tranquillity and beauty, who love nature, and who find fascination in little out-of-the-way places (such as the great metropolis of Pofadder!).
We head north on one of the country’s most scenic roads – leaving the verdant Cape for the semi-desert of the Karoo, staying at Calvinia. The next day we head off to the Augrabies Falls National Park. Here will be opportunities for extended strolls in the haunting ‘moon-landscape’ next to the river and canyon, and of course near the Falls itself. Or if you prefer, just sit still and absorb the silence.
We head to our major highlight, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (formally known as the Kalahari), jointly managed by South Africa and Botswana as a single ecological unit, providing 3,7 million hectares for endemic game to follow age-old migratory routes. We stay at the various camps in the park like Twee Rivieren, Nossob or Mata Mata – depending on availability. The more remote rest camps have no restaurants, and we enjoy braais under the stars and tasty meals catered by our Landscape guide, and picnic lunches out in the veld. We will take daytime game drives. (Night drives provided by the Park are an optional extra). There is a fascinating diversity of life in this semi-arid environment, and your guide will shed light on many of the fascinating secrets of this wild place. We return via Upington and across the plains of Bushman-land, staying en route at Kamieskroon – a lovely destination in its own right.
Please note that due to the difficulty of getting accommodation in the Kalahari, every departure date will have a slightly different itinerary. The itineraries on our web-site is a good indication of the accommodation you will be staying at, but please contact our office if you want specifics for each departure date.
For more information about this tour please fill out the form on our Contact Page and one of our consultants will be in touch with you.
Calvinia area – 1 night
Augrabies National Park – 2 nights
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – 4 nights
Upington – 1 night
Kamieskroon area – 1 night
How Active? Suitable for everyone (subject to the minimum physical requirements in our tour conditions). On the tour you can be more active or less active as you prefer. Everyone can enjoy the full itinerary, and there are numerous places on the tour where the more active can see and do more – for example when we stop at beauty spots and points of interest at meal and tea stops and in free time.
R22 750 per person sharing.
R26 350 for a single person (This single supplement may include 1 night with own bedroom in 2-bedroom chalet, sharing one bathroom. If you prefer to have sole occupancy of such 2-bedroom chalet, an extra single supplement is payable, subject to availability).
All tour prices are subject to change, but once booked and the deposit paid, the price applicable at time of confirmation (excluding airfares/taxes) will remain immune from any possible price increases.