10 Day Kalahari Nature Safari


 button  From ZAR22,600 / US$1,614*
Starting Date:

Any date specified by clients – this is a private tour

Starting Point:

Anywhere in Cape Town / Stellenbosch

Ending Point:

Anywhere in Cape Town / Stellenbosch

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Molopo Lodge

This 10-day safari covers the vast sweep of the north-western Cape with its endless open spaces, rolling red sand dunes and dry, bracing climate. It is designed for those who like to savour moments of tranquility and beauty; who love nature, and who find fascination in little out-of-the-way places, far from the bedlam of modern life.  Join us as we take you away – to the Kalahari of legend!

 

Highlights

  • Olifants River Valley
  • Namaqualand
  • Kokerboom Tress (Quiver Tress)
  • Augrabies Falls also named “Aukoerebis” by the locals meaning “Place of Great Noise”
  • Kakamas & Keimoes
  • Upington
  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – a joint venture between South Africa & Botswana
  • Numerous game drives
  • Numerous South African Braais (BBQ)
  • Bushmanland
  • The quaint towns Kenhardt & Brandvlei
  • Calvinia
  • Nieuwoudtville – bulb capital of the world (in season)
  • Clanwilliam – Rooibos Tea Capital of the world

Day 1 & 2: Kamieskroon – Augrabies Falls

Day 1:

We travel northward on the N1 highway, through the verdant Olifants River Valley, and into Namaqualand to spend our first night at a comfortable country inn.

DAY 2:

Continuing our adventure, we stop for tea in Springbok, a visit to Pella Mission and lunch at Pofadder, continuing eastward to Augrabies Falls National Park.

Overnight: Kamieskroon & Augrabies Falls

Accommodation: Kamieskroon Hotel & Augrabies Falls Rest Camp

Meals: Day 1 - Lunch & Dinner; Day 2 – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Exploring Augrabies Falls

This morning’s game drive takes us to viewpoints over the Orange River and its spectacular gorge. We keep a lookout for black eagles, as well as klipspringer, giraffe, springbok and red hartebeest and marvel at dramatic geological formations - natural backdrops for the many Kokerboom Trees (Quiver Trees) that dot the landscape. After a light lunch and some free time back at camp, a gentle walk to the lookout points over the main falls is an Augrabies “must do” and we realize just why the Namaqua people named the area "Aukoerebis” - Place of Great Noise", and named the river "Gariep" (Great River). We round off our day with a mouthwatering Capey Tours braai (BBQ).

Overnight: Augrabies

Accommodation: Augrabies Falls Rest Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Onward to The Kalahari

Leaving Augrabies, we travel through the extensive irrigation-farming areas of Kakamas and Keimoes. A stop in bustling Upington provides time for lunch and last minute shopping, before we head northward, crossing endless arid plains and dunes that eventually give way to Camel Thorn savannah, so typical of the Kalahari. Our destination is the Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park, jointly managed by South Africa and Botswana as a single ecological unit, providing 3,7 million hectares for endemic game to follow age-old migratory routes. We check in at Twee Rivieren Rest Camp, with time before dinner to explore the area, and to soak up the placid ambience of the desert evening.

Overnight: Twee Rivieren Rest Camp

Accommodation: Twee Rivieren Rest Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Make our way to Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

We make an early start today, heading north, following the dry bed of the Nossob or Auob Rivers. Numerous waterholes dot the route - ideal vantage points from which to observe local wildlife and birds. After drinking, many animals seek the shade of Camel Thorn trees to escape the afternoon heat - summer temperatures often exceed 40ºC, and the surface temperature of the sand reaches 70ºC! Winter days are cool and sunny, with night temperatures dropping to well below freezing. We check in to our rest camp, and after some leisure time, enjoy a tasty braai (BBQ) under the star-studded Kalahari night sky.

Overnight: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Accommodation: Nossob/Mata-Mata Rest Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

An early start ensures that we make the most of what this unique sanctuary has to offer. With no fence between South Africa and Botswana, animals are able to move freely from west to east, and vice versa, following the seasons as they have done for eons. Springbok, blue wildebeest, gemsbok (Oryx), eland and red hartebeest are prey for predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah, and sustenance for scavengers like brown and spotted hyena and black-backed jackal. We return to our rest camp in the late afternoon for some free time, before another scrumptious meal prepared by your guide.

Overnight: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Accommodation: Nossob/Mata-Mata Rest Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Southward to Twee Rivieren

Our route and timing today will depend on what we see and experience on route. Another early start offers us the opportunity of seeing and interpreting tracks in the sandy road surface that were made by the previous nights' nocturnal wanderers before other traffic has obliterated them. Animals that move at night include lion, leopard, both species of hyena, African wildcat, aardvark, and porcupine among others, and we stop often to see if we can identify the tracks of different species. We leave the park at Twee Rivieren Gate, and travel to the Molopo Kalahari Lodge, 60 km south of the park.

Overnight: Molopo Kalahari Lodge

Accommodation: Twee Rivieren Rest Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Onwards to Upington & the Orange River

This morning there is ample time to enjoy a leisurely hour or two in Twee Rivieren Rest Camp. You may choose to join your guide on a short game drive in the park, or relax at your chalet. You can stroll in safety around the extensive grounds observing the birds and small mammals, have a bit of a lie-in, or a relaxing swim in the pool. We then head southward, back through boundless rolling plains, dunes and saltpans, stopping for a delicious lunch at a remote farm homestead. By mid-afternoon we pass Upington and later arrive at Keimoes and a comfortable lodge for a good dinner and a well-earned rest.

Overnight: Keimoes

Accommodation: De Werf Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Upington to Brandvlei & Calvinia

After leaving Keimoes, we swing southward, heading deep into Bushmanland. The countryside is barren, and sometimes bleak and semi-desert in appearance, largely devoid of substantial vegetation, with trees confined to river courses. We tour tiny Kenhardt and even smaller Brandvlei, where we stop for a light lunch. As we approach the Hantam Region, the harsh scenery makes way for softer, greener landscapes, and in Calvinia we check in at the Hantam Huis - a complex of charmingly restored historic buildings. There is time to explore the area around our guesthouse before a tasty dinner of local cuisine, in the oldest building in Calvinia.

Overnight: Calvinia

Accommodation: Hantam Huis

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Nieuwoudtville & Clanwilliam

Our homeward journey takes us through Nieuwoudtville with its attractive sandstone buildings and somnolent atmosphere. During the flower season, we visit the Doornrivier waterfall, and explore the flowering areas. We descend the Bokkeveld Escarpment via the spectacular Vanrhyns Pass, which offers superb vistas over sprawling Namaqualand and the Knersvlakte some 800 m below. At midday, we have lunch in the Clanwilliam area, and then head for our rendezvous point via the fertile Olifants River Valley and the Swartland. By late afternoon you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Overnight: N/A

Accommodation: N/A

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

What’s Included
  • Services of a registered guide
  • Land transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Pickups & Drop Offs at hotel/airport
  • Accommodation as specified in the Itinerary
  • 1 Night @ Kamieskroon Hotel
  • 2 Nights @ Augrabies Falls Rest Camp
  • 2 Nights @ Twee Rivieren Rest Camp
  • 2 Nights @ Nossob/Mata-Mata Rest Camp
  • 1 Night @ Hantam Huis
  • 1 Night @ De Werf Lodge
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • All game drives as per itinerary
  • All applicable taxes
  • All activities and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • All park fees where applicable
What’s Excluded
  • International airfare (to & from South Africa)
  • Activities not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks
  • Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal & medical insurance
  • Personal expenses

Capey Tours

Pre Departure Info

Important notes

  1. This trip departs early in the morning on day 1 and it is strongly recommended that you arrive at least one day prior.
  2. This trip is a combination of short break Adventures and you will be joined by your local tour guide
  3. Prices are based on double/twin/family share and a compulsory single supplement applies for solo traveler’s. See Important notes for more details.
  4. A departure airport transfer is included on Day 1 of this short break adventure. Please ensure your arrival and departure flight details are provided to your at least 7 days prior to your departure.

Group size

Maximum of 18 travelers per group

Your fellow traveler’s

This trip is operated in "Join-In" basis and you may travel alongside other Capey Tours or non-Capey Tours traveler’s during included activities.

Please note many of our Short Break Adventures operate with a minimum of 2 people, so there may be instances where there are only 2 people on the trip.

Accommodation

Hotel / Guesthouse / Backpackers depending on your choice

Meals & Drinks

As per the itinerary. Drinks are for your own account

Money Matters

SOUTH AFRICA

The official currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR). The best way to manage your money in Africa is a mixture of cash and an ATM card (best to have both Visa and MasterCard).

Cash

Cash is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates. ***PLEASE NOTE: MANY BUSINESSES AND BANKS IN AFRICA DO NOT ACCEPT US DOLLAR NOTES OLDER THAN 2006. IF YOU ARE BRINGING USD, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND LARGE BILLS IN GOOD CONDITION, 2006 SERIES ONWARDS ONLY. ANY OLD OR DAMAGED NOTES MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED. ***

The South African Rand can also be used widely in countries of Southern Africa. When changing money, only use reputable authorized money exchange vendors and never anyone on the street. There are many instances of traveler’s being given counterfeit notes or being tricked when money is being counted out.

Visa & Master Card

With ATMs being increasingly available in the many major towns and cities and even some campsites, credit or debit cards are a convenient way to access money. Throughout Africa, cards with the Visa logo are most readily recognized, although MasterCard is also accepted in most places. A charge is made for each international transaction - please check with your bank how much this fee will be. Check with your bank before leaving home that your card can be used as a debit card in Africa. You may also want to notify your bank that you are visiting Africa as it's not unknown for banks to freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries. At “A Team Tours” we are serious about your safety and strongly advise that you follow the following rules when drawing cash at an ATM:

  • Take someone with you when you want to withdraw money from an ATM
  • Withdraw money inside a bank if possible
  • Do not withdraw large sums of money from an ATM – rather use your credit card
  • NEVER ACCEPT HELP FROM A STRANGER, not even

When it comes to money matters on the trip, every traveler is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need.

Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

Emergency Funds

Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.

Joining Point

Cape Milner Hotel

2a Milner Road

Tamboerskloof

Cape Town

SOUTH AFRICA

Phone: 27 (21)4261101

Finish Point

Cape Milner Hotel

2a Milner Road Tamboerskloof Cape Town SOUTH AFRICA Phone: 27 (21)4261101

Joining/Finish point description

The Cape Milner is a sophisticated, comfortable hotel in the Tamboerskloof region of central Cape Town. All rooms have a refined, contemporary decor, en suite bathrooms and fabulous views of Table Mountain. Tea and coffee making facilities are included as is Wi-Fi and flat screen TV's. The hotel facilities include an elegant dining room, outdoor pool, glass-roofed bar, a small gym and many lounge areas.

Joining/Finishing Point Instructions

If you have pre-booked a departure transfer, please inform your leader and they will notify you of your departure transfer time. If you are making your own way to the airport the hotel will be able to help book you an airport shuttle or taxi. Please ask at reception.

Emergency Contact

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, A Team Tours representatives can be reached on +27 810188912 (24/7). For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please visit us at www.capeytours.co.za/contact-us While we always endeavor to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip. We recognize that there may be times when your group tour leader/guide may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager? You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

Visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

SOUTH AFRICA:

Australia: No visa required Belgium: No visa required Canada: No visa required Germany: No visa required Ireland: No visa required Netherlands: No visa required New Zealand: No visa required Switzerland: No visa required United Kingdom: No visa required USA: No visa required

Citizens of the above countries do not need visas to visit South Africa as a tourist for up to three months. Citizens of all countries should check with the relevant consulates as to whether a visa is required.

Entry Requirements - Passports

Please note that non-machine readable passports are no longer accepted by South African immigration. All visitors to South Africa must have a machine readable travel document (e-passport). Failure to present an e-passport will result in denied entry. Passengers with a valid visa issued in a non-machine readable passport will be handled on a case by case basis, but a fine will still be applicable.

Entry Requirements - Travelling with Children

A new immigration regulation came into effect on 1st October 2014, whereby parents will need to produce an original unabridged birth certificate if they are travelling with children. The new regulation has been put in place to protect children from being abducted, kidnapped and preventing child trafficking. The Department of Home Affairs has urged all parents to apply for unabridged certificates for their children. Additionally, further documentation including permission to travel, may be required if only one parent is travelling. These are requirements of the immigration regulation 6 (12)(a) for parents travelling with children. So just to be on the safe side, more information can be found here: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/civic-services/traveling-with-children

We recommend traveler’s check requirements before travel as they can change.

What to Take

What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the tour you have chosen and when you are travelling. Generally speaking, you should pack as lightly as possible.

Most traveler’s carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc. for day trips.

Water Bottle

Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.

Health

All Capey Tours traveler’s need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveler is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Capey Tours reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

Yellow Fever

A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.

It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance

span style="font-size: 14pt;">Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

A Couple Of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Capey Tours traveler’s. Capey Tours philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Capey Tours, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately, please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.

Responsible Travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimize the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects.

Safety

At Capey Tours we take your safety very seriously. Like any other country in the world, South Africa also has “hotspots” where it’s not safe to go. In order to keep you safe at all times, we have listed a few pointers below that will go a long way in ensuring your safety in various situations:

ATM’s

  • Take someone with you when you want to withdraw money from an ATM
  • Withdraw money inside a bank if possible
  • Do not withdraw large sums of money from an ATM – rather use your credit card
  • NEVER ACCEPT HELP FROM A STRANGER, not even someone who looks like a security guard. If your card should get stuck or be “swallowed” by the machine, stay there and send you companion to look for help or phone the number on the machine
In the Car
  • Plan your route in advance
  • Keep your car doors locked at all times and windows closed
  • Lock valuable items in the boot
  • At night, park in well-lit areas
  • Never pick up strangers or hitch-hikers
  • If in any doubt about the safety of an area, phone a police station for advice
At the Hotel
  • Never leave your luggage unattended
  • Store valuables in the hotel’s safe-deposit box
  • Keep your room locked, whether you’re in it or not
  • If someone knocks, check who it is first before opening the door
  • Hand the keys in at reception whenever you leave the hotel
 

In the Street

  • Avoid ostentatious displays of expensive jewelry, cameras and other valuables
  • Don’t carry large sums of money around
  • At night, steer clear of dark, isolated areas
  • It’s better to explore in groups and stick to well-lit, busy streets
  • A policeman or traffic officer will be glad to direct you if you get lost
  • If you want to call a taxi, your hotel or the nearest tourist information office will recommend a reliable service

Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future traveler’s.

www.capeytours.co.za

We trust you enjoyed your adventure and look forward to seeing you return ASAP!

“Capey Tours”

PRIVATE TOURS - PRICE PER PERSON:  
5-8 People ZAR22,600 US$1,614
4 People ZAR23,260 US$1,661
3 People ZAR24,800 US$1,771
2 People  ZAR26,775 US$1,913

NB: Please note that 2 people are required for the tour to run. We can accommodate larger groups (up to 18 guests). Please contact us for a quotation.

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