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Seven day tour option – Kalahari

Day One

Depart from Cape Town or Johannesburg International Airport taking a one hour flight to Upington. Guides meet you at the airport and we'll set off in our fully equipped 4x4 vehicles heading into the Kalahari.

After about a three hour drive we’ll reach Twee Reveren the entrance gate to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park

After completing entry procedures we continue further on unpaved roads to our first overnight unfenced campsite, in this massive wildlife park where the wild animals roam free.

(This park is 33 000 square kilometres in extent)

We'll set up camp here and enjoy our first evening relaxing around a crackling campfire.

Ablution facilities here are very basic, but we’ll ensure you still get the basic comforts and your first “bush shower” of the Safari.This campsite sometimes has resident Lion visit the camp during the night.

A few months ago passing through this area we saw a family of Cheetah just a few kilometres from the main entrance gate, we observed them for a few hours, mom, dad and three cubs…awesome stuff!

Day Two

A leisurely start to the day will see us packing up after breakfast and following a 4x4 game drive route through the reserve, we’ll pass numerous waterholes along the way, game viewing can be good here. We’ll enjoy a snack lunch on route before arriving at a fenced campsite where we’ll spend tonight. The camp offers a small shop, swimming pool and there’s also a waterhole just outside the fence where you can sit and watch the animals that come to drink – night viewing at this drinking hole can be particularly rewarding.

Good ablution facilities on offer here.

Day Three

An early morning game drive is offered if you want to have a chance of seeing the shy animals of the area that prefer the cover of the early morning light. We’ll return to camp for breakfast and then pack up camp and head off to another wild campsite situated further north. Although transiting to the next campsite, today has good game viewing potential all day.

We’ll head passed a fenced camp where we’ll stop for lunch, refuel and have a quick swim if it’s hot. There is a small shop there, just in case we need any basics.

After lunch we continue north through passing more waterholes likely to have various animals around them, then finally, we’ll arrive at one of our personal favourite campsites.

Its a beautiful wild Bush Camp, shaded by Camel Thorn Trees set in a backdrop of majestic red dunes of the Kalahari, today is 200kms of driving on unpaved road; it’s an easy and interesting few hour’s drive.

Ablution facilities here are basic and there’s no water at all but your guides will ensure you get bush shower and the basic comforts tonight. Listen out for all the different night sounds including, jackal, big cats, owls, nightjar and various antelope tonight.


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Day Four

Rising early we’ll grab a quick coffee then make our way to a nearby waterhole where we could be rewarded with some exciting game viewing.

We’ll return to the camp once the day warms up and enjoy a hearty breakfast.

Be sure to lookout for Desert lion, a visit at our campsite tonight is highly likely.

Antelope, African Wild Cat, Bat eared Fox and Cheetah are also frequently spotted in this area

The rest of today can be spent relaxing around the camp. By late afternoon we’ll drive out to observe the activities at a nearby water hole until nightfall, hopefully we’ll see something special coming to drink at the end of the hot day.

Tonight you’ll spend the evening around the campfire; enjoy good bush cuisine South African Wine and freshly baked bread prepared by the guides using an oven in the ground.

Day Five

After the usual early morning gave viewing opportunities and another scrumptious bush breakfast today will see us heading south for the first time since we started the safari. It’s a short 60km game drive down to a fenced campsite that has a swimming pool, small shop and a very nice hide where you can view animals at the drinking hole day and night. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing here. There is an opportunity to upgrade your tent to a basic chalet tonight if you wish. Ablution facilities in this campsite are good; you can even do some washing of clothes if necessary. This camp also offer night game drives, something normally disallowed in other areas of the park.

Day Six

Once again an early morning game drive will be on offer if you wish, or you can sleep longer and visit the local hide to see what comes to visit.

After breakfast we’ll head for Rooiputs again, the campsite that we spent the first night at.

The route to Rooiputs passes several animal drinking holes so keep your eyes pealed for animal sightings at any time. The area around Rooiputs is generally very popular for regular Cheetah sightings.

It’s our last evening around the campfire, remember there are no fences here, jackal are likely to visit the camp sometime during the night - their eerie calls can frequently be heard in the early evening and during the dark hours. If we are lucky we may even have a visit from the local pride of lions.

Day Seven

Enjoying a final sunrise in the Kalahari we’ll rise and take in our final game drive heading towards the main gate 20kms from our camp.

Leaving the park behind us we’ll stop for a quick breakfast on route before setting off again towards Upington Airport where you’ll transfer by aircraft to Cape Town or Johannesburg international airports.

Sadly your safari ends here as your guides say goodbye at the departures area of the airport.

We hope to see you again real soon for another “African Bush Adventure”.

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The following is included in the tour costs.

Airport transfers on arrival and departure - Upington.

All transportation in 4x4 vehicles.

Unlimited tea and coffee, mornings and evenings.

Breakfast, light lunch and dinner.

Complimentary South African Wine at dinner.

Unlimited filtered drinking water.

Tented accommodation – (upgradable to chalets at extra cost where available)

Park conservation fees, campsite and guiding fees.

The following costs are excluded and extra.

Return flights - Cape Town or Johannesburg to Upington.

Airport taxes

Additional alcoholic beverages and soft drinks.

Night game drive or similar excursion provided by subcontractor

Any additional activities not mentioned in the itinerary.

The approximate cost of the above Safari is subject to confirmation at the time of booking depending on seasonal rates.

(An additional 10% surcharge is applicable if there are two or less guests on tour)

We can only accommodate between two and six guests at a time on the above tour, this ensures that the Safari remains personalised and exclusive.

Variations

Unlimited variations to the above tour are possible since we specialise in personalised, tailor made itineraries. One option an example is as follows…

Spend a day or two in Cape Town and visit some of the famous tourist spots, followed by a two day drive via the Cedarburg Mountains and Augrabies Falls National Park and then start the above detailed tour. Finally return to Cape Town either by flying from Upington or drive back via the West Coast Route stopping overnight at a West Coast harbour town and enjoy an open air traditional seafood buffet meal before returning to Cape Town extending the tour to a 14 day option.

African Bush Adventures reserves the right to vary itineraries in the event that the prescribed campsites are unavailable at the time of booking. Suitable and similar alternatives will in that case be substituted – guests will be notified of any changes beforehand.