Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Kalahari semi desert tour
The sheer size, wilderness and distances of the Kalahari semi-desert can be intimidating and confusing to the average traveller, especially when you are used to organized city life and “civilization”. In joining this tour we want you to experience the massive tracts of land in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that are home to pronking springbok, herds of majestic Oryx antelopes and migrating wildebeest (gnus), millions of meerkat and an astonishing variety of other creatures big and small. We will help you to identify some of the raptors (over 50 species are recorded in the area), show you the unique indigenous plant life in this semi-desert area as well as the strips of irrigated verdant green land on the banks of the Orange River that stands in stark contrast to the surrounding red and white desert sand and, at the end of each day, we would like you to experience the incredible hospitality of the people who call the Kalahari home. This is not an area of fast food restaurants and chain-group hotels – we will visit a variety of individual homes, chalets and lodges where the lifestyle of the owners, their friendly welcome and exquisite food, is an experience in itself.
You travel in a small group of likeminded people who are interested in nature, love to be off the beaten tourist tracks and don’t mind being actively involved in preparing a BBQ at sunset. Flexibility, team spirit and your love of nature and adventure are the basis for this enjoyable holiday. You are accommodated in beautifully situated homes/ lodges/chalets that are typical for the region – sometimes simple, sometimes luxurious but always spotlessly clean and lovingly maintained.
Day 1: Johannesburg / Kimberley
After collecting you at your hotel in JHB we proceed to the Vredefort Dome, one of South Africa’s newest World Heritage Sites. The Vredefort Dome is where a massive meteorite, larger in size than London, struck the earth. Thereafter we continue to the interesting town of Kimberley made famous by the discovery of diamond deposits. Dinner at the renowned Kimberley Club is recommended (own account). Overnight in Kimberley B+B
Day 2: Kimberley / Upington
Morning tour of the Big Hole, the largest man-made excavation in the world, 240m dug entirely with shovels and picks in search of diamonds. After visiting the museum we continue to Kamfers Dam, which is home to the largest permanent population of lesser flamingos in Southern Africa. We continue to Upington, arriving late afternoon. Time permitting, we recommend a sunset cruise on the Orange River (own account) o/night in Upington area B+B
Day 3: Augrabies Fall
A day trip to the Augrabies Falls National Park, where one can view the Augrabies Falls themselves. The name means ‘Place of Great Noise’. We recommend the short 5 kilometre Dassies Nature Trail Hike, which takes in Arrow Point, the Potholes and Moon Rock. Enjoy a picnic lunch and game viewing before returning to Upington for overnight.
o/night in Upington area B+B
Day 4: Upington / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (DBB)
Enjoy wine tasting at the local farmers Co-operative before we travel to The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, home to a wide variety of wildlife with gemsbok and the famed black-maned Kalahari lions being the main attractions. Comprising 3,6 million hectares, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is one of the largest conservation areas in the world – where the Kgalagadi red sand dunes stretch on into infinity.
Accommodation: Rest Camp
Day 5: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (DBB)
Enjoy 2 full days in the Park. Take a morning or afternoon drive and just enjoy the tranquillity of the desert. During the evenings you will marvel at the night sky which reveals an explosion of stars, with the absence of city lights.
Accommodation: Rest Camp
Day 6: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (DBB)
Morning and afternoon drive. Recommended is the optional night drive (for your own account) – where on some evenings the desert animals can be abundant in the dark.
Accommodation: Rest Camp
Day 7: Kgalagadi / Kuruman (B+B)
We depart to the small town of Kuruman. We visit the Moffat Mission, set up by a young married missionary couple who produced the first Tswana language bible. Their daughter married David Livingstone, the intrepid adventurer who was the first European to lay eyes on Victoria Falls, and who named them after Queen Victoria.
Accommodation: Kuruman area
Day 8: Kuruman / Johannesburg
Depart for Johannesburg via Vryburg, known as ‘Cattle Country’. After a brief visit, we arrive late afternoon in Johannesburg where you will be dropped off at the place of your choice.
PRICING: ON SPECIAL REQUEST
due to the large variety of options in timing – quality of accommodation – special fields of interest etc.
Johannesburg is the start and end of most of our tours and here Afritours cc can offer you a range of exciting day tours, from “historical” Soweto and the Apartheid Museum to City Tours, Museum visits, visits to the Cheetah Breeding & Research Farm and so much more.
Johannesburg is also synonymous with shopping – the ‘City of Gold’ truly has much to offer in line with ‘retail therapy’. Speak to us to put together a great Johannesburg package that is filled with shopping and entertainment… and with our range of accommodation options in Johannesburg, there is something for everyone.
Discuss your Southern African dream vacation with us – we will gladly help to organize it for you.