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Kgalagadi Safari Holidays to Kalahari Desert Tours Namaqualand Bushmen

South Africa: Kalahari Safari + Augrabies + Cape Town


1PK10U
10 NIGHTS
FROM £3,295
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
This exceptional disabled safari will take you to the red sands of the Kalahari in South Africa. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is know for its desert adapted wildlife - including meerkats, springbok, oryx & magnificent black maned lions. Visit the granite Augrabies Falls (6th largest in the world) & then fly to beautiful Cape Town. Wheelchair accessible hotels, all transfers, park fees, game drives & specified sightseeing included.
Disabled Safari Kalahari South Africa Kgalagadi Cape Town Wheelchair
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Upington South Africa
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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
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Photography & Birding
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Disabled Safari Kalahari
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Augrabies Falls
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Wheelchair Accessible
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Cape Point & Penguins
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Stellenbosch Winelands
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Upington South Africa
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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
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Photography & Birding
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Disabled Safari Kalahari
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Augrabies Falls
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Wheelchair Accessible
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Cape Point & Penguins
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Stellenbosch Winelands
Day 1
You will be met at Upington Airport and transferred to your guest farm near this small town that acts as the gateway to the vast Kalahari.
 
Check in and relax under warm blue South African skies.
 
Note: Power chairs are not accepted on this flight, but we can arrange an overland transfer for your power chair from Johannesburg for an extra fee.
Day 2
This morning we travel 4-hours through the vast and arid Kalahari, one of the world’s last unspoilt ecosystems and one of Africa’s greatest wilderness areas. In this land of far horizons, marvel at the gigantic nests of the sociable weaver birds set high in camel thorn trees and stop to examine some of the amazing succulent desert plants which have adapted to survive in such harsh conditions.
  
The malaria-free Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a visionary 3.7-million hectare joint venture between South African and Botswana. There are several self-catering rest camps, with accommodation in simple but comfortable air-conditioned chalets and tents. Your guide has an allowance to purchase provisions for breakfast, lunch & dinner each day.
Days 3 To 4
Today is devoted to game viewing in the vast Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with your own driver/guide, travelling in his closed air-conditioned vehicle. You can discuss preferred routings and travelling times with him each day, but we recommend setting off early each morning as the camp gates open (05h30 to 06h00 depending on the season), to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day.
 
Wildlife is plentiful in the red sand dunes and semi-desert of this vast game sanctuary, which is twice the size of the Kruger National Park. Of the many species of mammals and reptiles that have successfully adapted to the harsh desert conditions, the most famous is the black-maned Kalahari lion. Kgalagadi is also renowned for the magnificent oryx and its cheetah and leopards - which are more easily seen in the sparse vegetation. You will see some of Africa’s most unusual animals in the Kalahari and many of the “great cats” – lion, cheetah and leopard – but the vegetation does not support elephants, rhino or buffalo.
 
We hope to see some big cats before returning to camp at around 09h00 for breakfast. The rest of the morning can be spent relaxing at camp, reading or bird watching, before setting out again at the time of your choice (usually the late afternoon) for another game drive.
 
We should see large herds of antelope including springbok, eland and blue wildebeest. We also hope to see the brown and spotted hyena, black-backed jackals, curious meerkats, yellow mongoose, porcupines, honey badgers, bat-eared foxes, Cape foxes, African wild cats and many other interesting animals. Bird life is also prolific, with over 260 species, including 20 different raptors.
 
Note: Vehicles are not allowed to drive off-road in any national park in South Africa. If you are tall and remain in your chair for your game drives, please be aware there will be some restrictions on your viewing due to the height of the windows in the accessible vehicle. There are no restrictions if you transfer into one of the regular seats.
Day 5
A full day on the road today as we leave Kgalagadi and travel 5.5-hours through Bushmanland to Augrabies. On the way enjoy a picnic lunch (included) and stop at a Bushman craft stall to give you the opportunity of supporting the local community by buying one of their hand-made products. Please be aware that Bushmen will expect a small tip for photographs taken of them.
  
At Augrabies Falls - “the Place of Great Noise” - the mighty Orange River dramatically crashes over the rim of a granite canyon during the summer flood, to plunge 270 ft into the gorge below, forming South Africa’s largest waterfall and the sixth largest in the world.
 
Check in and view Augrabies Falls, where conditions for photography are excellent. Accommodation is in simple but comfortable air-conditioned self-catering chalets, with your guide having an allowance to purchase breakfast in the camp restaurant each day. In the late afternoon enjoy a short drive in the park, where you may see giraffe, eland, and other smaller antelope.
Day 6
Transfer 1.5-hours to Upington Airport for your onward flight.
 
Note: Power chairs are not accepted on this flight, but we can arrange an overland transfer for your power chair to Johannesburg for an extra fee.

You will be met at Cape Town Airport and transferred to your hotel in this beautiful city, within sight of Table Mountain.
 
Check in and relax in your magnificent surroundings.
Day 7
Today your guide will collect you for a full day tour of Cape Town.
 
We start with a short tour to see the key historical and architectural sites of the "Mother City". Weather permitting, we will then ascend Table Mountain by cable car to enjoy one of the world’s most famous views (alternatively we drive up Signal Hill, with its wonderful view point).
 
We continue to the fishing village of Hout Bay, where there is the option to take a boat ride to see the Cape Fur seals at Seal Island (pay locally).
 
Afterwards we visit Kirstenbosch Gardens, nestled on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and regarded as one the most beautiful botanic gardens in the world. Bequeathed to the nation by Cecil John Rhodes, the garden was established 1913. There is an avenue of camphor trees, a beautiful protea and fynbos garden, useful plants garden, sculpture garden and a dell garden as well as a world class collection of indigenous South African flora. Wonderful summer sunset concerts are held in the gardens on Sunday evenings from December to March.
 
Note: For the optional trip to Seal Island you will be lifted in your manual wheelchair into the boat, so this will not be possible for very heavy guests, nor for power chairs. If you prone to travel sickness, you may want to take preventative tablets in advance. There is no accessible toilet on the boat.
Day 8
Today your guide will collect you for a full day tour to the beautiful Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.
  
Enjoy wonderful ocean views as we drive around the Cape Peninsula to naval Simonstown, where we visit the resident penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
 
We continue to Cape Point where we hope to see baboons, ostrich and perhaps even dolphins or whales in season (July to November). We take an accessible funicular ride up to the Old Lighthouse, before returning via spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive to Cape Town.
Day 9
Today is free to explore more of Cape Town with your guide (pay any entrance fees locally).
 
Many optional activities are available in this beautiful city. You can visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned (advance booking essential in season) and explore the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
 
You can also visit world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens or simply relax on golden Camps Bay Beach.
 
Note: Local fuel supplement payable if you travel more than 200 km.
Day 10
Enjoy a full day tour through the renowned Stellenbosch Winelands, travelling through the scenic Franschhoek Valley where a handful of French Huguenot refugees started South Africa’s now famous wine industry. We visit the historic university town of Stellenbosch and several different wine estates – sampling as we go.
  
After lunch at a good restaurant or wine estate (own account), there is the option of more wine tasting or a visit to the Cheetah Outreach Project in Somerset West on the way home (pay entrance fee locally).
Day 11
Transfer to Cape Town Airport for your flight home.
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