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The Pride of Namaqualand & Kalahari

Namaqualand is commonly known as the “Painted Desert”

Namaqualand is commonly known as the “Painted Desert”

Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights
Depart: Europe – Upington
Return: Cape Town – Europe
Tour type: private departures

Tour dates: *on request*

This Itinerary concentrates on the arid and dry western parts of South Africa, with big game, breathtaking scenery and flowers of the Namaqualand, commonly known as the “Painted Desert”. Sandwiched between Namibia and Botswana, is our first stop – the Kgalagadi National Park (Kalahari Gemsbok Park). This is one of Africa’s wildest and least known National Parks. The well-known black mane Kalahari Lions roam these dunes and Cheetah is a regular sighting. From here, our journey takes us to the Augrabies Falls National Park. Here, the mighty Orange River treats us to a breathtaking waterfall, which plunges almost 60m down a granite gorge! The spectacular flowers of Namaqualand is next on the menu and if the rains were on time, we can see carpets of wild flowers for kilometers at end. As we work our way down the west coast of South Africa, our final stop is Cape Town, with its spectacular scenery and world class wines! This Itinerary is an absolute must for photographers, mammal- and fauna lovers, casual bird watchers and the general friends of nature….. don’t forget the wines of the Cape!!

Tour Details

Augrabies Falls - Khoi for “The Place of Great Noise”

Augrabies Falls - Khoi for “The Place of Great Noise”

Day 1: Upington
We arrive at Upington International Airport and transfer to our guesthouse for our overnight accommodation.

Accommodation: Riviera Garden B&B
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Upington – Kgalagadi National Park
After breakfast, we transfer to South Africa’s best kept wildlife-secret – The Kgalagadi National Park. No fewer than 215 bird species more than 400 plant species have been recorded. This Park is well known for its sightings of Kalahari Lion, Oryx, Blue Wildebeest, Eland, Springbok, Red Hartebeest, Duiker, Steenbok, Spotted Hyena, Black-Backed Jackal, Springhare and Meerkats. The rarer African Wild Cat, African Wild Dog, Aardvark, Bat-Eared Fox, Caracal, Cheetah, Honey Badger, Leopard, Pangolin, Porcupine, Cape Fox, and Genet can also be seen if the gods are on our side! We arrive midday at Twee Rivieren Rest Camp and check in.

Accommodation: Twee Rivieren
Meals: Full Board

Day 3: Kgalagadi National Park
Game drives in the Park.

Accommodation: Twee Rivieren
Meals: Full Board

Day 4: Kgalagadi National Park
Game drives in the Park.

Accommodation: Twee Rivieren
Meals: Full Board

Day 5: Kgalagadi NP – Augrabies National Park
At daybreak we leave the safe environment of Satara Rest Camp for another pre-breakfast game drive. Our aim this morning is leopard! We return to the camp for breakfast and after breakfast, we start our drive towards Augrabies Falls. Augrabies, was known as Aukoerabis, or “The Place of Great Noise”, by the early Khoi people. Here, during summer flood, the mighty Orange River crashes over the rim of a canyon to plunge 183 feet, over terraces of smooth granite, in a dramatic multi-stream waterfall. The Park itself extends across 88000 hectares of true wilderness, striking in its arid, lunar landscapes and there is much to be seen. It is, among other things, refuge for one of Africa’s rarest animals, the Black Rhino. Giraffe, and Klipspringer is also present and we will look at amazing succulent plants in the Park.

Accommodation: Augrabies National Park
Meals: Full Board

Day 6: Augrabies – Springbok
After an early morning walk in and around the bungalows, we enjoy breakfast and pack the vehicle(s) for our next destination – Springbok. The town of Springbok is the capital of the region known as Namaqualand – named for its early Nama inhabitants. Each spring, usually between mid-August and mid-October, this semi-desert area is transformed into one of the world’s most colourful natural displays, as small hardy low-growing plants burst into flower. Then, the landscape is covered in great carpets of purple, yellow, orange and white blossoms. And it is not just the small plants that rush to flower, the Aloes, Flax, Lilies, Azalias, perennial herbs and other species of the region add their bright hues to the intricate tapestry.

Accommodation: Daisy Country Lodge
Meals: Full Board

Day 7 : Springbok
A full day in the area to experience this natural phenomenon.

Accommodation: Daisy Country Lodge
Meals: Full Board

Day 8: Springbok – Lambert’s bay
En route to Clanwilliam we appreciate the natural beauty of the “painted desert” and check in at Lambert’s Bay hotel mid-afternoon. After checking in we visit the breeding colony of thousands of Cape Gannets on an island and return to the hotel, in time for dinner.

Accommodation: Lambert’s Bay Hotel
Meals: Full Board

Day 9: Lambert’s Bay – Langebaan
Our journey this morning takes us to Langebaan on South Africa’s Atlantic coast. Arriving at our overnight accommodation around mid-day, we check in and the rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Accommodation: The Farmhouse
Meals: Full Board

Day 10: Langebaan
After breakfast, we board the vehicle(s) and head for the West Coast National Park. Proclaimed in 1985, this park represents a unique niche in the conservation programme of the National Parks in South Africa. This is the only National Park incorporating a portion of the West Coast and only the second coastal park in the country. This coastal area contains a variety of habitats and is home to fauna and flora endemic to the area. As a wetland it is of international importance it is also the end point of thousands of wading birds’ migrating from the Arctic. Ungulates that might be encountered on our visit to the park, include Eland, Oryx, Bontebok, Kudu, Springbok, Common Duiker, Steenbok and a few more. We also visit (in season) the northern part of the Park, which is occupied by the Postberg Nature Reserve, which is enlivened by sensational profusion of wild flowers in the brief springtime months. Late afternoon we return to our overnight accommodation.

Accommodation: The Farmhouse
Meals: Full Board

Day 11: Langebaan – Cape Town
En route to Cape Town, the world famous silhouette of Table Mountain appears in the distance as we approach this beautiful city. Weather permitting, we ascend this young World Heritage Site to a height of 3 500ft. Views from atop of Cape Town, Table Bay, Robben Island and most of the spectacular Cape Peninsula will give you very good photographic opportunities and guaranteed to “take your breath away”! Late afternoon we check in at our overnight accommodation in Cape Town and prepare for dinner.

Accommodation: Afton Grove
Meals: Full Board

Day 12: Cape Town
After breakfast we transfer to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Founded in 1913 and lying on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch covers an area of 828ha, of which 60ha is cultivated with indigenous flora with the remainder uncultivated areas, protected as a natural floral reserve. Kirstenbosch is a living display featuring almost 5000 of the 20 000 indigenous floral species of the South African flora. Towards mid-morning, we depart, via the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive, for the Cape of Good Hope, which forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. Established to protect the Fynbos (means fine leaves), this reserve is a botanist’s dream. The fynbos within the reserve, which also forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, is the smallest of the six floristic kingdoms of the world, but has the highest number of species, a staggering 8 600, of which 5 800 are found nowhere else in the world! All “crammed” into an area measured only one-third the size of Britain. We also visit the wild and rocky promontory of Cape Point with fantastic views. Our last place of interest to visit for the day is Boulder’s Beach – one of only two South African land based African Penguin colonies. Our drive along the coast can (in season) reveal Southern Right Whales nurturing their new-born calves in the shallows, allowing us fantastic viewing opportunities. Late afternoon we return to our overnight accommodation.

Accommodation: Afton Grove
Meals: Full Board

Day 13: Cape Town
After breakfast we leave for Franschoek, a quaint little town with a true French feeling! From Franschoek we drive towards Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa. Today we visit some of the top wine cellars in South Africa and taste these well-documented South African wines! As the sun sets in the west, we check in at our accommodation and prepare for yet another scrumptious dinner!

Accommodation: Afton Grove
Meals: Full Board

Day 14: Cape Town
Depending on your time of departure, you are dropped of at Cape Town international Airport, in time for your flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Oryx or Gemsbok in the Kalahari

Oryx or Gemsbok in the Kalahari

Total Tour Costs : *on request*

Included in the quoted price:

  • En Suite Accommodation
  • Meals: As Indicated
  • Local Professional Guide/Driver
  • Vehicle
  • Fuel
  • All Road Taxes
  • All excursions as per itinerary
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Limited Bottled Water in Vehicle
  • Accommodation

Excluded from quoted price:

  • Return Flight Costs
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Optional Activities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Laundry
  • Visa Costs

Notes:
a) Abovementioned price structure is based on a minimum of four (4) paying guests.
b) Accommodation is not confirmed at establishments as per suggested itinerary. SafariWise reserves the right to make use of alternative accommodation if necessary.
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