Our standard 8 day Kalahari safari explores both the spectacular Augrabies Falls National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. A photographers dream with harshly contrasted landscapes, vivid colours and superb wildlife viewing.
Depart from Cape Town early morning and travel through the spectacular semi- desert scenery of Namaqualand and Bushmanland into the Northern Cape stopping for a picnic lunch on our way. We arrive in the historical copper mining town of Springbok late afternoon. Time permitting, visit the Goegap Nature Reserve, famous for its wealth of succulents, for a late afternoon game drive/ walk and sunset. Overnight: Mountain View Guest House or similar (3*), Springbok
Travel to the Augrabies Falls National Park, also known as “place of noise” in Nama. Afternoon at leisure to swim, relax, enjoy a walk to “Arrow Point” and view the falls with its dramatic 18km long canyon. Late afternoon game drive in the Augrabies reserve ( look out for Klipspringers, Springbok, Giraffe and Rock rabbits ) and sunset with sundowners at “Moon Rock”. Overnight: Comfortable stone and thatch chalets (3*), Augrabies Natiional Park.
Today we journey into the Kalahari desert and one of the largest untouched reserves in Africa, the Kgaladi (Kalahari) Transfrontier Park. Our first overnight camp is Twee Rivieren , aptly named after the two ancient dry riverbeds which form the nucleus of the park. Afternoon game drive in the Kalahari until sunset. Overnight: Comfortable stone and thatch chalets(3*), Twee Rivieren
Today we journey northwards to the most remote camp in the park, Nossob, stopping at the different waterholes to spot the animals on our way ( often scenes of action ).An evening barbecue under the stars ends the day with a visit to the nearby floodlit waterhole. We recommend you reserve a night drive from Nossob at additional cost. Overnight: Simple and comfortable chalets (3*), Nossob
Another full day exploring the Kalahari. Crossing the red desert dunes, we follow the Auob riverbed, reputedly one of the best places in South Africa to see cheetah hunt. Our overnight camp is Mata Mata on the Namibian border. Overnight: Comfortable chalet, Mata Mata Main Camp
A last morning game viewing in the park on our way back to Twee Rivieren. After lunch we travel back to Upington and overnight at a charming guest house on the banks of the Orange River.Overnight: Le Must Guest House (4*), Upington
We travel through the dramatic open plains of the Great Karoo to Nieuwoudtville, where we are welcomed on Papkuilsfontien Farm, an historical pioneer farmstead dating back over 200 years to the days of the first pioneer farmers. We spend the remainder of the afternoon discovering the farm before enjoying a traditional Karoo farm dinner with our hosts. Overnight: Papkuilsfontein Farm, Niewoudtville. For those who wish a return flight to Cape Town may be arranged this morning
In the morning we explore the bushman rockart paintings on De Hoop farm and then enjoy a delicious farm breakfast with our hosts. We depart over the spectacular Vanryns Pass and pay a visit to the largest succulent nursery in South Africa before arriving back to Cape Town late afternoon.
Departure Dates: Daily
Min No of Persons: 2
Best time to go:
Throughout the year. Each season brings a different attraction. In summer it is lambing time when many of the antelope species have their young and predators are nearby. Winter is the dry season so game tends to concentrate around the waterholes.
The Kalahari is situated in a low risk malaria zone. During the summer month we advise the use of malaria prophylactics.