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05 Day Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park Guided Tour - 09 Dec 2019

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05 DAY - KGALAGADI TRANS FRONTIER PARK GUIDED CHALET TOUR
Malaria free area!!
This tour can start any any date, as requested by guests!!
TOUR SUMMARY:
DAY 01: 09 Dec - Upington - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Twee Rivieren.
DAY 02: 10 Dec - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Mata Mata
DAY 03: 11 Dec - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Mata Mata
DAY 04: 12 Dec - Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park / Twee Rivieren
DAY 05: 13 Dec - Upington - Departure
Time of departure will depend on clients’ travel schedule to Upington. Flight schedule to be finalised. (Flight not included)
Depart from Upington on a 03-hour drive through the Kalahari duneveld (“veld” means natural vegetation), passing various pans (dry lakes), to the Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park.
The word Kalahari derives from the word Makgadigadi, meaning salt pans (salt lakes) in the language spoken by the Kgalagadi people living in the Kgalagadi Region in south-western Botswana. The word Kgalagadi means salt pans too in their language. More than 1 000 pans are scattered throughout the park. The Kalahari is the largest area of sand in the world, covering 2.5 million square kilometres from the Orange River in South Africa in the south to slightly north of the equator. The area referred to as the arid Kalahari covers some 900 000 square kilometres in the south and covers parts of South Africa and Namibia and most of Botswana.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is situated in the southern part of the arid Kalahari in South Africa and Botswana and is jointly managed by South Africa National Parks (Sanparks) and Botswana Wildlife. The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park covers 37 000 square km, which is one of the largest conservation areas in the world and one of the last truly unspoilt ecosystems.
Endemic game such as gemsbok, springbok, eland, giraffe, blue wildebeest and red hartebeest roam the sparsely vegetated red sand dunes and the dry river valleys of the Nossob and Auob where a variety of acacia species thrive.
The Park is well known for good sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah and spotted - and brown hyena are common residents. Because of an abundance of prey in the form of mice, whistling rats, birds and insects, smaller predators thrive in the park. The park is home to caracal, honey badger, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, cape fox, African wildcat, mongoose and the ever-popular suricate (meerkat).
Kgalagadi is a bird watcher’s paradise with more than 300 species recorded including at least 20 larger raptor species. The world’s heaviest flying bird, the Kori bustard and the stately secretary bird patrol the riverbeds while the noisy northern black korhaan rule in the dunes.
Check in at accommodation at Twee Rivieren. Depart on an afternoon game drive. The Twee Rivieren area is known for lion, leopard, cheetah and meerkat sightings.
Optional 3 hr sunset drive and 2 hr night drive with Sanparks guide at own cost at all camps
Overnight: Cottage at Twee Rivieren
Meals: B, L & D (Full Board on all days)
DAY 02: 10 Dec - Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park
Depart on a game drive to Mata Mata Rest Camp, situated on the bank of the dry Auob River bed, on the Namibian Border, 120 km / 05 hrs game drive from Twee Rivieren. This is cheetah territory and is one the best, if not the best, places in Southern Africa to see cheetah. The Mata Mata area is also known for lion, hyena and giraffe sightings. Mata Mata has an illuminated waterhole. Predators and antelope are regular visitors.
Afternoon game drive.
Overnight: Riverfront Chalet at Mata Mata
Meals: B, L & D
DAY 03: 11 Dec - Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park
Depart on a game drive to Nossob Rest Camp, situated on the bank of the Nossob River bed 165 km / 05 hrs game drive from Mata Mata. The Nossob area is known for lion activities and brown hyena sightings. Good sightings of a variety of raptors are guaranteed. Nossob has an illuminated waterhole. Predators and antelope are regular visitors.
Afternoon game drive.
Overnight: Chalet at Nossob
Meals: B, L & D
DAY 04: 12 Dec - Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park
Depart on a game drive to Twee Rivieren.
Afternoon game drive.
Overnight: Cottage at Twee Rivieren
Meals: B, L & D
DAY 05: 13 Dec - Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park - Upington
Game drive until noon. Duration of game drive will depend on clients’ travel schedule from Upington.
Depart to Upington. En route stop at the last indigenous San tribe in South Africa, the Khomani. Today these earliest residents of the Kalahari, living here for 40 000 years, consist of only 400 people and are resident in an area between 40 and 70 km south of Twee Rivieren. Clients will have the opportunity to view and purchase their handcraft at one of the roadside stalls. The presence of the San at the roadside stalls can’t be guaranteed.
Continue to Upington to be in time for departing flight/bus or drop off at accommodation. Flight/bus schedule to be finalised. (Flight/bus not included)
Meals: L
INCLUDED:
Air conditioned transport & driver/guide (Type of vehicle will depend on number of persons on tour)
Accommodation as per itinerary
All entrance fees to National Parks and Nature Reserves (Conservation Fees to Sanparks)
Meals as per itinerary (Full board; See MEALS)
Bottled water & soft drinks
Activities as per itinerary (All scheduled game drives are in the tour vehicle)
Guidebooks about flora, fauna, area etc. in vehicle
15% VAT
EXCLUDED:
Flights of bus pre/post tour
Accommodation pre/post tour in Upington if needed. (See ACCOMMODATION IN UPINGTON below)
Alcoholic and after hours private drinks
Travel insurance (Suggested to be obtained in country of residence)
Any activities not included in tour itinerary
All activities & meals in red.
MEALS
Meals are provided in restaurants where available or prepared by the guide or crew member. Coffee/tea and a light breakfast are provided before early morning departures on game drives, followed by a brunch at a picnic area. On a normal schedule breakfast and light lunches are provided in restaurants or by guide/crew member. Dinners are in restaurants or catered for by guide/crew member and on some occasions it will be a typical South African Braai (BBQ). Coffee/tea, juice, soft drinks & bottled water are included with all meals.
It is important to inform Kalahari tours and Travel in advance of any special dietary requirements!
ACCOMMODATION IN UPINGTON
Kalahari Tours and Travel owns two Guest Houses, Mazurka Waters B&B***and De Duine B&B*** in Upington. Both Guest Houses are situated in the eastern suburb Keidebees and are 400m apart. Kalahari Tours and Travel operates our tours from Mazurka Waters B&B***. We have 10 en-suite units and rooms. We provide free transfers for our clients to the business area, bus station and airport.
Our net rates are: Single B&B R 600 – R 700 per person
Double & Sharing B&B R 800 – R 1 000 per room or unit
CLIENTS NEED:
Binoculars, sun block, hat, closed shoes or boots for evenings (scorpions), insect repellent, torch light or head light
INFORMATION NEEDED:
State of health and any dietary requirements (vegetarians, vegans etc.)
Please contact us if you need more information.
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