Tour Highlights Include:
Wilderness trail in the Kgalagadi National Park. Sunset Desert tour, Morning tour to experience bushmen culture. Visit to Hakskeen Pan to see the site for the
World Land Speed record attempt.
Departure from Upington airport is at
11h00. Your vehicle is a double cab 4x4
with air-con and GPS. Detailed maps,
driving instructions and GPS
co-ordinates will be supplied to you.
Driving the northern road (R 360) toward Kgalagadi you will travel 200km today.
There will be an opportunity to stop for lunch. Continue on to your overnight
stop at a Kalahari bush lodge situated close to the Kgalagadi Park.
The day is ended with a guided sunset 4x4 excursion. Treat yourself to
awe-inspiring scenes, as you take a drive to ancient Kalahari salt flats and
enjoy some refreshing sundowners on the edge of one of these majestic
plains. Experience the roaring silence in this vast stretch of nature. Enjoy
dinner at the restaurant. Accommodation is in an air-conditioned chalet.
DAY 2 Up
early for the Springbok Breakfast Run. Enjoy a
real farm house breakfast with the first morning
sunrise while marveling at the surroundings that
is so unique to the Kalahari. You will then
visit three San Bushman heritage sites, Bushmen
caves, sand dunes and vulture nests. You will be
entranced by local bushmen tales as your Khomani
San guide shares his heritage with you.
After lunch you will drive to Hakskeen Pan. This is the venue for the next World
Land Speed record attempt by the " Bloodhound " During the months of Dec - Feb
2014 it will be a hive of activity as the Bloodhound team make preparations to
break the 1 000 mph mark. In the late afternoon continue on to the Kgalagadi
National park and check into your chalet at the rest camp. Chalets are air
conditioned and have kitchen facilities, shop, fuel, restaurant, information
centre, swimming pool, 24 hrs electricity and cell phone reception.
DAY 3 Today
you will enjoy a full day trail in the park. An amalgamation of the Kalahari
Gemsbok National Park in South Africa and the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana,
the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park comprises an area of over 3,6 million hectares
– one of very few conservation areas of this magnitude left in the world.
Red sand dunes, sparse vegetation and the dry
riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob will reveal
antelope and predator species providing you with
some excellent photographic opportunities. Your
route will take you along the Auob River bed to
Mata Mata where you can stop for lunch and let
the midday heat pass. (Take your own picnic
lunch or use the camp shop.) Your return journey
will also take you along the Nossab River Bed.
Keep a look out for: Gemsbok, these large striking desert antelope are the
emblem of the park. Suricate (Meerkat), these hyperactive little omnivores have
a wonderfully intricate family structure. Black-maned Kalahari Lions. Physically
impressive, they are the kings of the Kalahari Desert. Pygmy falcons, the park
is famous for its birds of prey. This is the smallest falcon in Africa and is
often seen around Sociable Weaver colonies preying on the birds.
As per day three. Today you will drive a
partially different trail. Bring your picnic
lunch with you as there are no facilities on
After Breakfast enjoy a short game drive or return to Hakskeen Pan to see how
the "Bloodhound" project is progressing. After your picnic lunch you return to
Upington. Your lodge is an oasis in the desert, situated on the banks of the
Orange River. Enjoy a sundowner under the trees and watch the river waters glide
by as you recall the adventures of the past few days.
After breakfast you return to Upington Airport
for your 11h00 departure. Arriving in
Johannesburg there are a number of interesting
options while waiting for your onward flight.
One of these options is to drive in a world
class single seater racing car. Drive as fast as
your nerves will let you.
Cost of tour: Euro 750 per/person. Based on two persons sharing accommodation
and vehicle. (Valid to 31 October 2016)
4x4 Double - Cab vehicle rental, Four nights accommodation in air conditioned
chalets. Breakfast on day 2 & 6. Guided tours on days 1 & 2. Tourism levies and
Meals and drinks, Fuel, GPS Rental, Conservation Fee at National Parks.
Some Travel Tips: Always take plenty of water,
cooler box, cool light clothing, sun protection,
wide brimmed hat. The temp can reach 40º C
during the day so plan to rest up during
Gemsbok at sunset
Bushman (San) Culture
The open road
Back to base camp