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THE GROWCERY CAMP

Kalahari Crossing Safari

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.

Our Kalahari Crossing Safari aims 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 south and the Auob river in the direction 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

Day 1: Kgalagadi Lodge (ACC) D
Day 2,3,4,5 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Camping) B.L.D
Day 6.7,8,9 : Mabuasehube Ghanzi (Camping) B.L.D.
Day 10: Tshabong Botswana(Camping) B.L.D
Day 11: Askham – Lodge / Guesthouse B.L.D.
Day 12: Upington – Trip ends on arrival B

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

Lodge Accommodation: 2 Nights
Camping in the wild: 4 Nights
Camping: 5 Nights

FAQ’s 

  • Do I need any experience to join this trip? – No knowledge is necessary.
  • 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 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’s can be arranged.

A min of 6 people secures a departure.

The Growcery Includes

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
  • Radio communication and satelite phone
The Growcery Excludes

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
The Growcery Tour Information

tour INFORMATION

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

50% Minimum Deposit secures a reservation.

The Growcery Product Pricing

RATES

P.p. sharing 1 Jan – 31 Dec 2019
4 people BWP 27 500.00
6 people BWP 25 500.00
8 people BWP 21 500.00
Single Supplement BWP 2 750.00
 
The Growcery Tour Schedule

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 2,3,4,5

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 / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (or inside the park – subject to availability) Distance: 5 – 250km Time: 6-8 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 6,7,8,9

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 10

Tshabong Berry Bush camp

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 Tshabong 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. Accommodation: Berry Bush Lodge Distance: 140km Time: 6 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11

Askham – Kalahari

We make our way towards askham and the bushman community in this area.  We will be passing Van zyls Rust and the back roads of the Kalahari before arriving at the small community of Askham. Our overnight will be back in the heart of the Kalahari and the komanisun region. Accommodation: Guest House / Lodge Distance: 309 km Time: 5 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 Day 12

Upington

We make our way towards the town of Upington. Our safari will end upon arrival in Upington. Please make arrangemenst for accommodation and confirm flight details. Accommodation: Own arrangements Distance: 260 km Time: 3 hours Meals: Breakfast
 
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