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KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK SAFARI

 

The Kalahari Gemsbok National Park was proclaimed in 1931 mainly to protect migratory game, especially the gemsbok. During the late 1990's it was combined with the adjacent Gemsbok National Park in Botswana to form the vast and awesome Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - one of the first of its kind in the world and the first in Southern Africa. It covers an area of 3,6 million + hectares and is one of very few conservation areas of this immensity left in the world.

The red sand dunes, sparse vegetation and the dry riverbeds of both the Nossob and Auob Rivers allows for superb game viewing and provides excellent photographic opportunities. The region is especially renowned for the abundance of predators and for the seasonal movement of large herbivores such as the blue wildebeest, and gemsbok, springbok, eland and red hartebeest are also quite well represented. Ground squirrel and suricate (Meerkat) are two of the park’s more prominent smaller mammals and the honey badger (Ratel), pangolin (Scaly Anteater) and bat-eared fox are some of the Parks more peculiar denizens to keep an eye out for for.

But it is the predators that are the park’s biggest attraction. Excellent chances of seeing cheetah, leopard, brown and spotted hyena and the definitive black-maned lion exist. Estimated predator numbers include 450 Lions; 150 Leopards; about 200  Cheetah; and around 370 Spotted hyenas.  Optional 3 hour sunset- or Night game drive with rangers in an open truck or morning bush walk.

Kgalagadi is also considered a heaven for birders especially those interested in birds of prey. The number of bird species listed is 264, of which 20 are raptors; the more commonly spotted being the Tawny and Blackbreasted Snake Eagle, Bateleur, Whitebacked and Lappet-faced Vulture, as well as smaller species such as Pale Chanting Goshawk, Gabar Goshawk, Pygmy Falcon and Greater Kestrel. The Nossob Riverbed is rated as one of the best places in South Africa to view raptors, particularly during the summer months when large numbers of migratory eagles, kites and falcons move through the park.

The Kalahari is an arid region with an annual rainfall of 200 mm, mainly between January and April. In summer, day temperatures may exceed 40°C. Winter days are sunny with night temperatures often below zero. Visitors should anticipate extreme heat during the day and extreme cold during winter nights.

Come and relax with us on a get-away to this pristine landscape and enjoy the deep sense of well-being that simply infuses your soul when surrounded by this vastness of peace where the evenings reverbrate to the roar of the Kgalagadi lions and the far off giggles of the hyaenas that follow the hunters. We offer a number of packages as outlined below, all of which may be combined with our West Coast Tours as well as with the Tours in and around Cape Town.

4 DAY / 3 NIGHT SAFARI
Safari - Day 1
Upington – Kgalagadi (Twee Rivieren Lodge) (±260 km)

Your Ecotours SA Guide will meet you at Upington Airport and we will then depart for the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park,  stopping en route at the Norokei Salt Pans  and the Khomani San Bushmen settlement to view their art. On our arrival at Twee Rivieren we will check into our lodge and take a short freshen-up and lunch break. We then leave on an afternoon game drive, returning to the lodge just before the gates close. 
Overnight: Twee Rivieren chalets/lodge.

Safari - Day 2
Twee Rivieren – Nossob ( ±160km)

After an early breakfast we set off for on a Game drive following the course of the Nossob’s dry river bed. As we travel along the natural history of the Kalahari and it’s mysteries will be highlighted. We arrive at Nossob in the early afternoon and check into our lodge for a short rest. In the late afternoon we will go out on a game drive until the gates close. After dinner you can either depart on an optional guided night game drive with the Park Rangers or simply absorb some of the drama and excitement watching the animals from a hide beside a lighted waterhole as they come down to drink.
Overnight: Nossob chalets/lodges.

Safari – Day 3
Nossob - Mata-Mata (±150km)

We depart after an early breakfast and wend our way towards Mata Mata following the Dune Road and crossing from Botswana into Namibia. On the way we will keep a sharp look-out for the legendary black-maned Kgalagadi lions, as well as the smaller inhabitants of the desert, like the Meerkat. After our arrival at Mata Mata we will again check in and enjoy a short rest before we head out on another game drive to explore this area.
Mata-Mata also has a game hide near a illuminated waterhole from which you can view game at your leisure and optional night drives with the Park Rangers are also available.
Overnight: Mata Mata chalets/lodges.

Safari – Day 4
Mata Mata – Twee Rivieren – Upington (±405km)

Today is a long day travelling, so we depart at sparrows , checking out directly after breakfast, and heading south. After game viewing along the way we should reach Twee Rivieren at around lunch time. We will stop over for lunch before exiting the Park and making our way back to Upington. You will overnight in Upington and be transferred to the Airport the following morning for your flight out.
Overnight: Upington (Guest House)

5 DAY / 4 NIGHT SAFARI
Safari - Day 1
Upington – Kgalagadi (Twee Rivieren Lodge) (±260 km)

Your Ecotours SA Guide will meet you at Upington Airport and we will then depart for the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park,  stopping en route at the Norokei Salt Pans  and the Khomani San Bushmen settlement to view their art. On our arrival at Twee Rivieren we will check into our lodge and take a short freshen-up and lunch break. We then leave on an afternoon game drive, returning to the lodge just before the gates close. 
Overnight: Twee Rivieren chalets/lodge.

Safari - Day 2
Twee Rivieren – Nossob ( ±160km)

After an early breakfast we set off for on a Game drive following the course of the Nossob’s dry river bed. As we travel along the natural history of the Kalahari and it’s mysteries will be highlighted. We arrive at Nossob in the early afternoon and check into our lodge for a short rest. In the late afternoon we will go out on a game drive until the gates close. After dinner you can either depart on an optional guided night game drive with the Park Rangers or simply absorb some of the drama and excitement watching the animals from a hide beside a lighted waterhole as they come down to drink.
Overnight: Nossob chalets/lodges.

Safari – Day 3                                                                                                           
Nossob
A leisurely day of relaxed game viewing birding as we visit and stop over at the various waterholes along a circular drive that will bring us back to the lodge in the late afternoon. We From the animal tracks in the sand we can deduct which animals were around and what happened during the night. We also follow up and plan our game drive to incorporate the areas of earlier game reports and / or sightings.  
Overnight: Nossob chalets/lodges.

Safari – Day 4
Nossob - Mata-Mata (±150km)

We depart after an early breakfast and wend our way towards Mata Mata following the Dune Road and crossing from Botswana into Namibia. On the way we will keep a sharp look-out for the legendary black-maned Kgalagadi lions, as well as the smaller inhabitants of the desert, like the Meerkat. After our arrival at Mata Mata we will again check in and enjoy a short rest before we head out on another game drive to explore this area.
Mata-Mata also has a game hide near a illuminated waterhole from which you can view game at your leisure and optional night drives with the Park Rangers are also available.
Overnight: Mata Mata chalets/lodges.

Safari – Day 5
Mata Mata – Twee Rivieren – Upington (±405km)

Today is a long day travelling, so we depart at sparrows , checking out directly after breakfast, and heading south. After game viewing along the way we should reach Twee Rivieren at around lunch time. We will stop over for lunch before exiting the Park and making our way back to Upington. You will overnight in Upington and be transferred to the Airport the following morning for your flight out.
Overnight: Upington (Guest House)

PLEASE NOTE:   The rates quoted for the above tours includes an air-conditioned vehicle, the services of a professional Tour Guide who will accompany you throughout your safari, all accommodation including  breakfasts, all entrances and conservation fees and game drives. It excludes all lunches and dinners (except where otherwise specified as included), drinks, gratuities, any other optional activities not specified above and all items of a personal nature. Where required we can make reservations for you on domestic flights to and from Upington which will also be for your own account.

Please bring: Binoculars, sun block, hat,closed shoes for the evenings, insect repellent, torch and toiletries.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Animals are most active during the early morning and late afternoon, avoiding the heat of the day and conserving energy by holing up in shady areas. Therefore sleeping late should be the exception and not the rule.