Kalahari, South Africa
Kalahari, South Africa

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Day 1 & 2 – Mokala National Park

Accommodation Type: Chalets/Traditional Bungalows

Driving Duration: Approx. 6 Hours

Includes: Collection from OR Tambo Airport, Accommodation and entrance fees per person into Mokala National Park, brunch and game drives in closed safari vehicle.

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Mokala National Park is SanParks’ newest reserve. Proclaimed only in 2007 it is also informally known as the park where endangered species roam, because of its breeding and re-allocation of animals for use in other national parks and game reserves.

The landscapes are a gentle mix of both Karoo and the Kalahari landscapes, whilst from the hills drain small tributaries that merge into the Riet River.

Mokala comes from ‘kameeldoring’ or camel thorn tree (Acacia erioloba), a tree common to this semi-desert region. You will find it throughout the Northern Cape – where it grows in a variety of guises – anything from a rather insignificant two metre shrub to a sixteen metre high tree.

Local people have used the bark and gum to treat coughs and colds, and even the seeds have been roasted and used as a coffee substitute, whilst giraffe are often seen feeding from the thorn covered branches and leaves.

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Day 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 – Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a vast wildlife preserve in the Kalahari Desert region of Botswana and South Africa, bordering Namibia to the west. It’s characterized by red dunes and dry rivers. Wildlife includes migrating herds of wildebeest and springbok, plus predators like raptors and black-maned Kalahari lions. Various lodges and wildnerness camps offer game-viewing drives and guided walks with park rangers.

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Day 3 & 4 – Twee Rivieren

Accommodation Type: Chalets/Traditional Bungalows

Driving Duration: Approx. 8 Hours

Includes: Accommodation and entrance fees per person into the Reserve, brunch and game drives in closed safari vehicle.

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Twee Rivieren is the park’s largest rest camp and administrative headquarters. It is situated on the banks of the Dry Nossob Riverbed. Activities and facilities are diverse, as are the animals and plants found both within the camp and in the surrounding areas. Twee Rivieren has a reception, shop, fuel, restaurant, information centre and swimming pool. This is the only camp with 24 hours electricity and cell phone reception.

 

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Day 5, 6 & 7 – Kalahari Tented Camp

Accommodation Type: Safari Tented Accommodation

Includes: Accommodation and entrance fees per person into the Reserve, brunch and game drives in closed safari vehicle.

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The Kalahari Tented camp is located a few miles east of the Namibian border in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park of South Africa. It is perched on top of a dune and overlooks a waterhole in the dry Auob riverbed. Unlike the three main rest camps in the park, the Tented Camp is unfenced, so walking around at night is highly discouraged. Large predators, including lions, could be strolling through at any time.

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Day 8 & 9 – Nossob Rest Camp

Accommodation Type: Chalets/Traditional Bungalows

Includes: Accommodation and entrance fees per person into the Reserve, brunch and game drives in closed safari vehicle.

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Nossob Rest Camp, set within the Kgalagadi National Park, takes advantage of the park’s spectacular wilderness which is shared with neighboring Botswana.

It is an ideal spot for game viewing with lion, wildebeest and gemsbok all finding a home in the 38,000km² park. The area is also known for cheetah and the cheeky meerkats, who thrive in the Kalahari dunes.

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Day 10 – Protea Hotel, Upington

Accommodation Type: Bed & breakfast

Includes: Accommodation and entrance fees per person into the Reserve, brunch and game drives in closed safari vehicle.

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Upington, the unofficial capital of the Green Kalahari, is a town of beautifully landscaped Gardens, many rose beds and large, graceful trees – all wrapped in an atmoshere of genuine peace and tranquillity. It is here, on the banks of the majestic Orange River, where you will find the Protea Hotel Upington.

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Day 11 – Home

Driving Duration: Approx. 8 Hours

Includes: Drop off OR Tambo Airport.

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