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Kgalagadi Safari Holidays to Kalahari Desert Tours Namaqualand Bushmen

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Kalahari) - Private Guide


SPK7U
7 NIGHTS
FROM £1,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Photo Safari in South Africa Kalahari Birding Guide Bushmen Meerkats

Experience the desert wildlife of the untamed Kgalagadi, staying at remote rest camps in this vast wilderness with dinners around an open camp fire. Travel with your own private guide who will share his knowledge of the birds & wildlife of this fascinating region. Also visit Augrabies Falls. Ideal for birding & photography. English speaking guide, all transfers, park fees & game drives included.

Photo Safari in South Africa Kalahari Birding Guide Bushmen Meerkats
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Upington
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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
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Black Maned Lion
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Meerkats
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Oryx
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Augrabies Falls
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Boulders Beach Penguins
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Cape Point
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Upington
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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
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Black Maned Lion
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Meerkats
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Oryx
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Augrabies Falls
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Cape Town
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Table Mountain
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Boulders Beach Penguins
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Cape Point
Day 1
You will be met at Upington Airport and transferred to your hotel in this small town that acts as the gateway to the vast Kalahari.
 
Check in and relax under warm blue South African skies.
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.
Day 3
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, 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 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.
 
You can spend the full day on the road, or return to your rest camp for breakfast and some relaxation, before setting out again at the time of your choice (usually the late afternoon) for another game drive.
 
Note: Vehicles are not allowed to drive off-road in any national park in South Africa.
Day 4
Today we transer to our next rest camp in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, game viewing along the way.
 
After checking in, we can enjoy a late afternoon game drive in a different part of this vast wildlife conservation region.
Days 5 To 6
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in a different sector of the great Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, with its  fascinating desert adapted wildlife and majestic black-maned lions.
 
Predator sightings are usually excellent. You can also enjoy the many smaller mammals of the park as well as its bird life. In the evening relax around the campfire and be dazzled by the stars above.
Day 7
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 8
Transfer 1.5-hours to Upington Airport for your flight home.
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