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Kalahari Crossing Safari

Kalahari Crossing Safari

Join our team on a Kalahari Crossing Safari and explore the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The Kalahari is one of the largest conservation regions in the world. This is a semi-desert region with distinctive red sand-dunes. The Park is a cross-border conservation initiative with South Africa and Botswana. It is from South Africa and neighbouring Namibia and Botswana.

The aim of our Kalahari Crossing Safari is to discover the well-known predators and raptors of the Kalahari. The park consists of two main roads along the dry river beds. The two paths are connected with dune roads from east to west. The watering holes are along these riverbeds. The Nossob River in the east and the Auob river in the west are on top of bedrock with shallow water level boreholes.

Our Kalahari Crossing Safari will focus on game drives along the riverbeds and waterholes. As a result of the hot temperatures in summer months, the animals save their energy during the heat of the day. These months are known for ongoing nocturnal activities especially during the cooler nights.  The dry months are challenging, and the animals tend to focus their territories close to the watering holes.

What sets the Kalahari Crossing Safari Apart?

The Kalahari lions are unique with their black-maned appearance. The Kalahari is home to a large number of predators. The most common predators are lions, cheetahs, leopards, and hyenas. There are two species of hyena in the park. The well known spotted hyena, along with the very nocturnal brown hyena. Along the riverbeds are large Acacia trees. These trees are the perfect habitat for breeding raptors and resting predators. The rainy season brings a well-deserved relief from the semi-desert heat. When the rainy season starts in the Kalahari, you can also see a large gathering of antelope herds.

The best way of viewing animals in the Kalahari is to take it slow and focus on some watering holes.

Kalahari Crossing Itineraries: Guided Self Drive Safari.

Day 1: Kgalagadi Lodge (ACC) D
Day 2,3,4,5,6 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Camping) B.L.D
Day 7,8: Ghanzi (Tented Camp) B – Own Dinner & Lunch
Day 9,10,11,12: Central Kalahari – Botswana(Camping) B.L.D
Tour ends the morning of Day 12 at the entrance Gate of Central Kalahari

B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner
ACC –
Accommodation

Lodge Accommodation: 2 Nights
Tented Camp Accommodation: 2 Nights
Camping in the wild: 7 Nights

FAQ’s 

  • Do I need any experience to join this trip? – No experience needed.
  • What are the youngest realistic ages for these trips? – We suggest from 5 years and older.
  • Is there malaria in this region? – The kalahari is a malaria free zone.
  • When is the rainy season? – Dec – April.
  • When is the dry season? – May – Oct.
  • How big are the groups? – Min 2, Max 6 people per vehicle.
  • Can I book a private trip? – Yes, you can, permitting you are willing to cover the cost.
  • What is a Scheduled Departure? – These are departures with open groups, and anyone can join.
  • What must I pack? – You will receive a packing list with every reservation.
  • What about a medical kit? We suggest that you bring your personal equipment.
  • What about special dietary requirements? We cater for vegetarians and vegans.
  • If you are on a special diet, we suggest that you bring the needed ingredients and our guides will assist in the preparations. For example gluten free, vegetarian, etc.
  • Minimum of 6 people guarantees a departure.
  • We make use of Kgalagadi Lodge as a base for the first three days when the park has no availability.

Kalahari Crossing Safari Departures. Guided Self Drive Safari.

A min of 6 people secures a departure.

INCLUDES


  • Accommodation & Camping
  • Meals as indicated
  • Mineral water
  • Guided Safari Vehicle
  • Entrance fees, Conservation fees, Park fees.
  • Game Drives
  • Visit Vulture Conservation Project
  • Visit Local Khoi San Community
  • Radion communication and satelite phone

EXCLUDES


  • Own Flight Arrangements
  • Personal and travel insurance
  • Meals and drinks not catered
  • Gratuities
  • Transfers to Kgalagadi Lodge on Self Drive
  • Own Fuel on Self Drive
  • Own vehicle and recovery equipment
  • Water Supplies
  • Own camping equipment needed

TOUR INFORMATION

DURATION: 12 Days
DEPART FROM: Kgalagadi Lodge
RATES INFO:

50% Minimum Deposit secures a reservation.

PRICING

P.p. sharing 1 Jan – 31 Dec 17
4 people BWP 21 500.00
6 people BWP 19 500.00
8 people BWP 17 500.00
Child Rates 15-18 yrs BWP 10 500.00
Single Supplement +R 1 750.00

TOUR SCHEDULE

 

Day 1

Upington – Kgalagadi – Kgalagadi Lodge

We will collect our clients from 5:00 pm at Kgalagadi Lodge a mere 5 km from the entry gate of the Transfrontier Park. We will have our introductions the first night and dinner is at your own expense this evening.

Our schedule inside the park will be discussed around the Dinner table. A final chance to charge all cameras and prepare for our Kalahari safari the following days.
Camping: Kgalagadi Lodge
Distance: 0km
Time: 3-4 hours
Meals: Dinner

 Day 2,3

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

We will seize the day with an early wake-up and a hearty breakfast. Departure times are subject to the seasons and your guides would have confirmed the times at last nights dinner table. We prefer to have an early rise, to seize the gate entrance times. The park is very popular and our accommodation inside the park is subject to availability. As an alternative, we will stay at Kgalagadi Lodge and plan our day trips and picnics inside the Park. We will take our time to explore the many hidden secrets of these red sand dunes. The Kalahari is well known for its predators and raptors. The many waterholes allow for staking out animals and great photographic opportunities.
Camping: Kgalagadi Lodge
(or inside the park – subject to availability)
Distance: 5 – 250km
Time: 6-8 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 4,5,6

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – Mabuasehube

We will seize the day with an early wake-up and a hearty breakfast, before embarking on our dune crossing journey towards Mabuasehube. This is the wild side of the transfrontier Kgalagadi. Our journey will be on a two spoor sand track road, with varies dunes and sand streets surrounding us.

We will be making our bush camp within the Mabua region for the next 3 nights. There are no fences and the animals roam freely through the campsites. This base camp will be centrally located to accommodate our exploring game drives.
Accommodation: Camping in Mabuasehube
Distance: 280km
Time: 3-4 Hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 7,8

Mabuasehube – Ghanzi

We will seize the day with an early wake-up and a hearty breakfast. Departure times are subject to the seasons and your guides would have confirmed the times at last nights dinner table.

Today we have a long journey towards the town of Ghanzi and the central Kalahari. We will be passing some local villages on the way and have time to do an on route lunch stop. This day our lunches and dinners are at your own expense as part of the transit journey towards central Kalahari.

We will be staying in fixed tents for the next two nights and will have time to make final preparations for our central Kalahari safari adventures. A visit to the local vulture conservation initiative is a highlight for photographers. Those who are keen to explore the local san culture can arrange a visit to a local bushman community.

Accommodation: Tsakadu Lodge
Distance: 480km
Time: 6-8 hours
Meals: Breakfast, own Lunch & Dinner

 Day 9,10,11

Ghanzi – Central Kalahari – Botswana.

We will seize the day with an early wake-up. We depart Ghanzi after our two nights of relaxing and replenishing our supplies. Today is a long journey and after about 120km we will be entering the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

This vast open land is known as the thirstland. The camps are far apart and located with the natural surroundings. There are no fences, and animals can roam freely through the camps and the natural surroundings. We will be making our base at two designated camps and have the time to explore the Kalahari from these base camps.
Accommodation: Camping inside the Central Kalahari.
Distance: 120 – 250km
Time: 6-8 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 12

Central Kalahari Game Reserve

You will have time for an early game drive before we enjoy our last breakfast together in the Central Kalahari. We will be making our tented camp and prepare our exit journey from the central Kalahari.

Our final departure will be at the exit gate and from here our self-drive travellers will make their own way. Our travelers in our guided vehicle will be transferred to Maun, from where they continue or depart from the travels in the Kalahari.

Accommodation: Own arrangements
Distance: 80km
Time: 2-3 Hours
Meals: Breakfast