Kalahari 8 Day Safari

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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.

Day:

01

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

Day:

02

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.

Day:

03

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

Day:

04

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

Day:

05

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

Day:

06

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

Day:

07

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

Day:

08

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.

Info:

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.

Climate:
Temperatures vary greatly from -11 degrees C on cold winter nights to 42 degrees C in the shade during peak summer. Generally speaking the heat is dry and bearable. Winter in the Kalahari is cool and dry from May- October and then hot and dry with periodic thunderstorms from November to April.

Health Requirements:

The Kalahari is situated in a low risk malaria zone. During the summer month we advise the use of malaria prophylactics.

Suitable for:

Those looking for a safari with a difference away from it all; photographers; birders ( the Kalahari is well know for its great variety of raptors ). All ages although due to the long distances covered we recommend a tailor made safari for parents of younger children.