16 DAYS TRANSFRONTIER DESERT SAFARI
*There are 6 pax left for this tour!*
16 Days Transfrontier Desert Safari – Richtersveld & Kalahari & Fish River Canyon
Day 1 Cape Town * Meals on arrival day – Acc – Upington
Day 2, 3, 4 Kalahari Gemsbok Park – B.L.D – Acc, Twee Rivieren / Kalahari Tented Camp / Mata Mata
Day 5, 6 Fish River Canyon / Ais Ais – Lodge B.L.D, Canyon Road lodge
Day 7, 8, 9 Richtersveld National Park – Chalets – B.L.D
Day 10, 11 Port Nolloth – Lodge B.L. Web: http://www.portindigo.co.za/ B.L.D Rest at leisure Port Nolloth
Day 12 Diamond Coast Shipwreck Trail, Hondeklipbay
Day 13, 14 Augrabies – Acc – B/.L/D Web: http://www.sanparks.org/parks/augrabies/tourism/accommodation.php
Day 15 Depart from Upington B – 02 April 2015
B – Breakfast; L – Lunch, D – Dinner; * – Own Meals
|If accommodation is not available in Richtersveld.||15||15|
Accommodation is aimed at 2 – 3 star and all permitted to availability.
This is a combination of accommodation and a mobile safari where tented camps will be supplied on the more remote areas of this safari. The focus will be on the Transfrontier deserts of Kalahari and the Richtersveld.
All accommodation is subject to availability.
What is included?
What is not included?
Highlights of safari
Activities Included In safari Package
This safari will be conducted in 1 Safari Vehicles, specially customized to accommodate the comfort of the clients and the rough and remote terrains that we have chosen to travel. .
For a group of 8 people we will have 1 x 10 seater cruiser and along with a back up vehicle in the Richtersveld that will be our camp crew setting up the tented camp and the meals in the Richtersveld if necessary.
General Day to day on the safari
We do prefer to have our breakfast between 7 & 7: 30 am in the mornings and then depart after breakfast. We do recommend traveling earlier in the days. The area we visit is vast and one needs to make the transit travels as comfortable as possible. This will allow us to have more stops on our way to explore the many hidden experiences on this Transfrontier Desert Safari Route.
Our meals will be freshly prepared by our back up crew and our lunches will be well balanced picnic style meals. Dinners will be prepared and served at 8 pm in the evenings. Our meals at restaurants will be for our clients own costs and our tour leaders will make the reservations accordingly. The days spent game driving will be focused on early morning and late afternoon drives with a relaxing mid day.
Our Guides are local professionals with a passion and knowledge of the selected areas that we will visit.
Vehicles & camping equipment
We make use of customized Toyota 4 x 4 land cruisers and take 10 people per vehicle, but we will only take 8 in order to give personnel attention to all clients.. Each individual will have their own window seat and person no 7 will be in front with the driver/guide. We do rotate this seat with all the clients. Our vehicles are regularly serviced and prepared mechanically by professionals. Due to the rough terrains anything is possible and we do prefer to make use of our back up vehicle on safari. Along with our satellite phone we do offer a peace of mind adventure experience to all our clients.
Our tents are 2 men dome tents 2,5m x 2,5m, and 3m x 3m and allow for a comfortable relaxing camping experience. Each tent will be fitted with 2 camp beds and mattresses along with pillows and sleeping bags. Our camps will have bush showers and ablutions to make the experience as eco friendly as possible.
Our backup Crew will be responsible for setting up the camps and preparing our meals whilst we are in the tented camps.
We start very early from Cape Town, heading towards Calvinia via Nieuwoudtville. Stop for lunch at Calvinia and depart from there to Upington. This will be a whole day’s drive to Upington. Accommodation will be in Upington. This day we will have to just do distance to get to Upington. This tour normally was structured to starts and ends in Upington. Due to some requests we than have to put in Km for travelling to our starting point and add another 2 days for travelling back to Cape Town.
Accommodation: River Bank Lodge (B)
Breakfast and visit to the shops. We depart from Upington to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Stop en route at the Norokei Salt Pans (natural salt mine) and the Khomani San Bushmen to view their art. Arrive at Twee Rivieren. Move into our lodge for a short rest. We depart on a game drive in this 38 000 square km park until the gates close. Game that can be seen: Lions, Leopards, Cheetah, Spotted hyenas, Bird species like raptor species are present. Antelope such as Gemsbok, Hartebeest, Springbok and Wildebeest are well represented.
Overnight: Twee Rivieren chalets/lodges or Kalahari tented camp (air-conditioned and swimming pool)
Meals: L/ D
Dinner: Braai with salads
Twee Rivieren – Kalahari Tented Camp Game drives in the dry river bed. We do stalk driving for a few hours to reach our camp. This is the day we try to learn more of the Kalahari and its secrets. Arrive afternoon Check into lodge and have a short rest. Depart on a game drive and get back to our lodge. We will stay at Kalahari Tented camp for 2 nights. Beware of Hyenas and other animals visiting our camp.
Special feature Nossob: Game hides with spotlight to watch animals coming to drink. Optional is sunset drive with Rangers.
Overnight: Kalahari Tented Camp: chalets/lodges
Meals: B/ L/ D
Today we learn more of the Kalahari and her secrets as we search for the famous Kalahari Lion, as well as the smaller inhabitants of the desert, like the Meerkat. After few hours of stalk driving to Mata Mata and the surroundings we return to our camp. We rest for a few hours and do a night game drive or visiting the hidout at Nossob to view animals who visit the drinking holes. Return to camp, have dinner and rest.
Overnight: Kalahari Tented Camp: chalets/lodges (ceiling fan and swimming pool)
Meals: B/ L/ D
We have early breakfast and depart for Mata Mata, from where we drive crossing the border at Rietfontein to
Aroab and depart for Keetmanshoop. Here we will make lunch stop, from here we drive to Fish River
Canyon about 155km drive on arrival check into Canyon Road Lodge, refresh and rest for the afternoon.
Overnight at the Canyon Road lodge
Have breakfast and take a drive on the 4×4 routes. Do some walking around looking at plants and small animals. Visiting the hikers view point as well as the viewers point, and have a small picnic there. We can then return to lodge and you can do some walking on your own experiencing the beauty that surrounds you. We also visit the Hotspring that the area was named after.
Leisure before dinner
Overnight Canyon Road Lodge D/L/B
Have breakfast and depart for Rosh Pinah from where we cross the Orange River with Pontoon into South Africa at Sendelingsdrift. On arrival check into chalets, refresh and do a trip to view Petroglyphs dated back 10 000’s of years ago engraved by Bushmen. Take a quick drive to a campsite on the banks of the Orange River ( Potjiespram) and return to camp.
On our return we will have lunch and rest for afternoon. After dinner we can do some stars identification. I will tell you more about the Namas, their Culture and beliefes as well as the World Heritage status and surrounds.
Rest for evening
Breakfast and depart for Tattasberg Wildernis camp. We visiting Witgat tree, (Sheperds tree) on our way driving through Halfmens pass. Stoping at Halfmens. These are trees Pachapodium Namaquanum, and grows 1cm per year. I will explain the Halfmens. From here we drive through Akkedis pass passing Maerpoort on our way to Tattasberg. Very beautiful scenery and a photographers dream.
We making regular stops as the distance are small, but driving slow. Stop to view plants and animals along with Geology.
Domrogh pass with its spectacular scenery. We will make Tattasberg our camp for 2 nights.
Dinner: Nice warm meal or potjie kos.
Overnight: Tattasberg Restcamp.
Depart for Kokerboomkloof trough very beautiful scenery. Here we can view some rock formations, quiver trees, 3 species, plants and birds. We will have a light lunch at Kokerboomkloof.
Rock formations are the Toe, Witches Family, Louise se Hond, Queen Victoria and Drumstick. I will collect some Dassie piss for me, of medicinal use. Look at some game Gemsbok, Springbok, Klipspringer on our way back to Tattasberg.
Our chef will prepare for us a light lunch. Tortillas
Return to camp. Leisure untill dinner. Guest can take a walk along the Orange River if they choose to.
Dinner: Surprise meal.
Overnight: Tattasberg Restcamp.
Breakfast: Early start to the day to ensure best possible photography opportunities.
Pack up. Depart for Helskloof gate looking at plants, sceneries for photography.
En route I will show you very rare plants like rabbit’s food, bandaged vinger, Stapelias, Pearson Aloe, and lots more. We drive trough Helskloof pass, and exit at Helskloof gate. We drive up to Alexanderbay and back to Port Nolloth.
Overnight: Port Indigo Guesthouse next to the Atlantic Ocean
Dinner will be at one the restaurants. Seafood D/L/B
Breakfast. Spend the day in Port Nolloth; a small fishing town with it diamond mining harbour. I will take you on a tour to the museum, fish factory, Roman Catholic Church with its interior imported from Italy. Walk along the coast with its Blue Flag status, internationally recognised. We will have dinner at a seafood restaurant.
Visiting happy valley and white sand dunes where artefacts can still be seen from Namas and Bushmen lived here in the 1800’s.
You can have the afternoon at Leisure.
Dinner can be at a restaurant or our chef can prepare a home cook meal at your place like the locals did.
Dinner and relax. D/L/B
Overnight: Port Indigo Guesthouse
We have early breakfast and depart for Kleinzee from where we dive to Koiingnaas, where our Shipwreck tour starts.Our shipwreck tour will start from here and is about 37 km long. This is a 6 hour day trip along the coastline where we discuss the Geology, Archaeology, History, All aspects of the natural vegetation and wildlife. We stop often to examine the smaller and scarce plants of the region; birding is also an option as well as photographic type tours.
From Koiingnaas we drive to Hondeklipbay where we will stay over for the night.
Overnight: Honnehokke or Skulpies kraal for your West Coast experience.
Breakfast and depart for Springbok We travel in our 4×4 vehicle throughout the Namakwa region looking at our beauty and landscapes. We drive through the Spektakel pass to Springbok where we will stop for shopping and souvenirs’ of the area.From Springbok we drive passing Aggenys, Pella, Pofadder and Kakamas. We stop at Pella. Pella is an oasis in Namakwa in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Earlier known as Cammas Fonteyn, the spring was used by a nearby stronghold of San people.
We drive on to Pella Oasis, and ask the nuns to take you around Pella Cathedral, one of the most remarkable construction efforts of its time. Meet the warm, friendly people of Pella – and taste some of the sweetest dates in the world. From Here we depart for Poffadder, Kakamas and Augrabies falls.
We check in at our accommodation, The Falls guesthouse, refresh and go for a drive 2km to the Augrabies falls. We return and have dinner.
Rest for evening
Overnight: Augrabies Falls Guesthouse D/L/B
Have breakfast and take a drive down to the falls. Picturesque names such as Moon Rock, Ararat and Echo Corner are some of this rocky region. Klipspringer and kokerboom (quiver trees) can be seen against the African sky, silent sentinels in a strangely unique environment where only those that are able to adapt ultimately survive. The 55 383 hectares on both the northern and southern sides of the Orange River provide sanctuary to a diversity of species, from the very smallest succulents, birds and reptiles to Hartmann’s mountain zebra, springbok, gemsbok and giraffe.
We drive around area and return to our guesthouse for lunch after which we leave for Riemvasmaak. The Riemvasmaak Hot Springs are located in a deep ravine bordered by 80m-high granite cliffs, north of the Augrabies Falls, about 60km from the small Northern Cape town of Kakamas.
The area known as Riemvasmaak spans 75 000ha of rugged and remote desert-mountain wilderness between the Orange and Molopo rivers and is very remote – it’s an area known for its rugged wilderness. The Riemvasmaak Hot Springs are the product of volcanic eruptions. Though these have long since ceased, deep underground activity still heats the waters of these springs
Breakfast; depart for Keimoes from where we drive to Kenhardt from where we drive to Calvinia. Stop over at Calvinia and sleep for the night. We can have some Cultural dancers to our evening dinner and rest for next day early departure.
Accommodation: Jo’s Guesthouse
( 380 km)
Breakfast and depart for Cape Town
Arrival Cape Town 15H00
END OF ARRANGEMENT