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THE GROWCERY CAMP

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Kalahari Photographic Safari

Kalahari Photographic Safari

Join our team on a Kalahari Photographic Safari and explore the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park with your camera. 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 Photographic Safari is to discover the well-known predators, raptors and landscapes of the Kalahari and to photograph them. The park consists of two main roads along the dry river beds. These 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.

We will guide you on an unforgettable journey through the Kalahari where there are endless amounts of photographic opportunities. Our Kalahari Photographic Safari will focus on game drives along the riverbeds and waterholes. There are numerous nocturnal activities, due to the blistering heat of summer. The dry months are challenging, and the animals tend to focus their territories close to the watering holes.

What sets the Kalahari Photographic Safari Apart?

The Kalahari lions are unique with their black-maned appearance. The Kalahari is home to a large number 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. It is common to see large herds of antelopes during this season. The best way of viewing animals in the Kalahari is to take it slow and focus on some watering holes.

Kalahari Photographic Safari Itineraries.

Day 1: Upington- Kgalagadi Lodge (ACC) D
Day 2,3,4,5: Kgalagadi Transfrontier – Kgalagadi Lodge (ACC) B.L.D
Day 6: Kgalagadi Lodge – Upington (B)

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

FAQ’s 

  • Do I need any experience to join this trip? – No experience needed.
  • Do I need a professional Camera? No, you don’t, even the small digital cameras are perfect.
  • If I have an SLR Camera, what lenses do I need? Min up to 300mm will be perfect.
  • What are the youngest realistic ages for these trips? – We suggest from 14 years and older.
  • Is there malaria in this region? – This is a malaria free zone.
  • Do I need a tripod on this trip? Yes, we recommend a tripod and a bean bag for stabilisation.
  • When is the rain season? – Dec – April.
  • When is the dry season? – May – Oct.
  • How big are the groups? – Min 2, Max 6 people per safari.
  • Window seats? We guarantee a window seat for everyone.
  • Can I book a private trip? – Yes, you can, permitting you are willing to cover the cost.
  • What is a Scheduled Departure?– These are confirmed departure 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, or banting, etc.

INCLUDES


  • Accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Mineral water
  • Guided Safari Vehicle
  • Entrance fees, Conservation fees, Park fees
  • Game Drives and a visit to the Komani San Community

EXCLUDES


  • Own Flight Arrangements
  • Accommodation in Upington
  • Personal and travel insurance
  • Meals and drinks not catered
  • Gratuities
  • Transfers in Upington

TOUR INFORMATION

DURATION: 6 Days
DEPART FROM: Upington - Northern Cape
RATES INFO:

50% Minimum Depsot Secures a Reservation.

PRICING

P.p. sharing 1 Jan – 31 Dec 17
2 people R 19 500.00
4 people R 16 500.00
6 people R 14 500.00
Child Rates 14-17 yrs
Single Supplement +R 1750.00
 

TOUR SCHEDULE

 

Day 1

Upington – Kgalagadi – Kgalagadi Lodge

We will collect our clients from at 9:00 am from Letsatsi Guesthouse in Upington. After a meet and greet and a short briefing, we load our luggage and begin our journey towards the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. The first trip will take approximately 3 hours and well in time for lunch on route. After a scrumptious meal, we will visit the local Komani San community. This visit will be a great insight to how the communities existed within the vast semi-desert of the Kalahari.

We will be staying 5km outside the park this evening. Our schedule inside the park will be discussed around the Dinner table. A final chance to charge all camera and prepare for our Kalahari Photographic safari the following days.
Accommodation: Kgalagadi Lodge
Distance: 280km
Time: 3-4 hours
Meals: LunchDinner

 Day 2,3,4,5

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

We will seize the day with an early wake-up. Departure times are subject to the seasons, and your guides would have confirmed the times at last night dinner table. We prefer to have an early rise, to seize the gate entrance times. The park is very popular and we 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 watching animals and great photographic opportunities.
Accommodation: Kgalagadi Lodge
(or inside the park – subject to availability)
Distance: Depends on our sightings
Time: 7-10 Hours Daily
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 6

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – Upington

We will seize the day with an early wake-up and a hearty breakfast, before embarking on our return journey towards Upington. Our Kalahari safari will come to an end upon arrival back at Letsasti Lodge in Upington.
Accommodation: Own arrangements
Distance: 280km
Time: 3-4 Hours
Meals: Breakfast